Avoiding polypharmacy and iatrogenesis in the nursing home

M. P. Daly, P. P. Lamy, J. P. Richardson

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The vast majority of nursing home patients over age 65 take at least one prescription medicine, and, on average, seven drugs are concurrently prescribed for each of these patients. One result of this polypharmacy is an increased risk of iatrogenic disease. The authors discuss traditional prescribing patterns in nursing homes and how these patterns contribute to drug-drug and drug-disease interactions in nursing home patients, as well as strategies to reduce polypharmacy and iatrogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalMaryland Medical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 26 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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