Title
Evolution of drug utilization in nursing homes in Belgium Evolution of drug utilization in nursing homes in Belgium
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Clinical pharmacology & biopharmaceutics
Volume/pages
3(2014) :2 , p. 1-3
ISSN
2167-065X
Article Reference
1000124
Carrier
E-only publicatie
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In 2005, the PHEBE study highlighted the problem of polypharmacy and the emerging use of psychotropic medication in nursing home residents (PHEBE 1). In 2011, new collected data were compared (PHEBE 2). The total mean number of prescriptions in PHEBE 1 was 8.4, containing a mean of 7.6 for chronic medication only. For PHEBE 2 this was 8.6 for total and 8.1 for chronic medication. In both investigations (2005-2011, resp.) the main categories were Nervous system (88.3-89.2%), followed by Cardiovascular system (78.0-84.8%) and Alimentary tract and metabolism (81.1-83.2%). This study found that polypharmacy remains a major problem in residential care. The use of chronic medication further increased with a high consumption of psychotropic medication, beta-blockers and laxatives.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/57e555/bfe23063.pdf
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