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A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY ON RATIONAL PRESCRIBING PATTERN FOR GERIATRIC PATIENTS IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL

Matcha Saikumar*, Uma Maheswari S., Lavanya S.* and Vivekanandh G.

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Ageing referred as irreversible change in organ function which occurs over time during the absence of injury and illness. Polypharmacy in geriatric patient’s leads to many problems, there is a need of rational use of medications and continuous monitoring of drug-drug interactions and adverse effects. This study aims to focus on prescribing pattern of various drugs in geriatric patients and to assess the rationality using Beers criterion. This is a retrospective, observational study, which was over a period of March 2015 to September 2015 and it was carried out in Chennai. A total of 404 case sheets of inpatients ≥60 years in general medicine, surgery and orthopedic wards were reviewed. Relevant information was recorded in a specially designed proforma and data was evaluated. Most of the cases were from respiratory system (27%), followed by cardiovascular system (21%). The most commonly prescribed drugs were antimicrobials (19.9%). Polypharmacy was observed in 340 (84.2%) patients. This study has shown the patterns of diseases prevalent in geriatric patients, drug use among them and also suggests that drugs to be avoided in geriatrics.

Keywords: Geriatrics, Prescribing pattern, Polypharmacy, Beers criterion.


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