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By Isabel Acosta-Ochoa Nephrology senior staff. Valladolid. Spain
Abir O Kanaan, Jennifer L Donovan, Nerissa P Duchin, Terry S Field, Jennifer Tjia, Sarah L Cutrona, Shawn J Gagne, Lawrence Garber, Peggy Preusse, Leslie R Harrold, Jerry H Gurwitz
OBJECTIVES: To characterize adverse drug events (ADEs) occurring within the high-risk 45-day period after hospitalization in older adults. DESIGN: Clinical pharmacists reviewed the ambulatory records of 1,000 consecutive discharges. SETTING: A large multispecialty group practice closely aligned with a Massachusetts-based health plan. PARTICIPANTS: Hospitalized individuals aged 65 and older discharged home. MEASUREMENTS: Possible drug-related incidents occurring during the 45-day period after hospitalization were identified and presented to a pair of physician-reviewers who classified incidents as to whether an ADE was present, whether the event was preventable, and the severity of the event...
November 2013: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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