More Meds, More Time in the Hospital?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – People who take multiple medications for a single illness have an increased risk of being admitted to the hospital, but those taking multiple medications for multiple illnesses weren’t any more likely to be hospitalized, according to research from England.
Researchers examined data from 180,815 adult patients with long-term illnesses, and found only patients with a single illness taking 10 or more medications had a three-fold increased risk of hospitalization than those who took three or fewer medications. Patients with six or more conditions who were taking 10, or more, medications were 1.5 times more likely to be hospitalized than those taking three or fewer medications.
"The commonly-held assumption that polypharmacy (taking multiple medications) is always hazardous and represents poor care is misleading,” lead author Rupert Payne, MD, was quoted as saying. “Our work shows that we need more sophisticated approaches to assessing the appropriateness of each patient's set of medicines.”
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SOURCE: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, January 2014
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