Beatrice Gasperini

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Potentially inappropriate prescribing is common in older people presenting to hospital with acute illness in Ireland. The aim of this study was to determine if this phenomenon is unique to Ireland or whether it is a more widespread problem in hospitals across Europe. Prospective data were collected from 900 consecutive older patients admitted to six(More)
BACKGROUND Potentially inappropriate medications in older patients increase the risk of adverse drug events, which are an important cause of hospital admission and death among hospitalized patients. Little information is available about the prevalence of potentially inappropriate drug prescriptions (PIDPs) and the related health adverse outcomes among(More)
OBJECTIVE The principal aims of the present study were to explore the prevalence of anorexia and the factors correlated to anorexia in a large population of older people living in nursing home. Secondary, we evaluated the impact of anorexia on 1-year survival. METHODS Data are from baseline evaluation of 1904 participants enrolled in the Un Link(More)
Fear of falling (FF) is a common problem in older persons. FF negatively affects the quality of life by generating anxiety, loss of confidence and of self-efficacy, and, ultimately, activity restriction and increased risk of falling. The FES-I and Short FES-I are two instruments developed to assess FF in older persons which have been already validated in(More)
Inflammation is part of the normal host response to infection and injury. However, inappropriate inflammation contributes to several diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Both conditions are characterized by the excessive production of inflammatory cytokines, arachidonic acid (AA)-derived eicosanoids, and other(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of dementia diagnoses and the use of antidementia drugs in a cohort of Italian older nursing home (NH) residents. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING The NH residents participating in 2 studies: the U.L.I.S.S.E. study and the Umbria Region survey. PARTICIPANTS A total of 2215 nursing home residents. (More)
Older people take up a large proportion of health care, including drugs, and evidence shows that drug prescribing to this group is often inappropriate. Negative consequences of potential inappropriate drug prescription (PIDP) include adverse drug events, high healthcare service utilization and high costs for the patients and society. Although nursing home(More)
AIM Increasing evidence from experimental studies and clinical observations suggests that drugs with anticholinergic properties can cause physical and mental impairment. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between the use of drugs with anticholinergic activity and negative outcomes in older nursing home residents. METHODS We used(More)
Some studies suggest that previous treatment with antiplatelet agents (AA) might reduce ischemic stroke severity and improve outcomes in terms of clinical deficits or mortality. We evaluated the effect of the prior chronic use of AA on short-term (30 days) mortality in a sample of consecutive patients with AIS. Four hundred thirty-nine older patients (>65(More)