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AIM Our aim was to compare the practicability of six different potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) criteria in geriatric outpatients with polypharmacy. METHODS We analysed baseline data from the Medication Safety Review Clinic in Taiwanese Elders (MSRC-Taiwan) study. The prevalence and correlates of PIMs were determined on the basis of criteria(More)
BACKGROUND Poor medication adherence (PMA) is associated with higher risks of morbidity, hospitalization, and mortality. Polypharmacy is not only a determinant of PMA but is also associated with many adverse health outcomes. OBJECTIVE We aimed to determine the prevalence and correlates of PMA in an older population with polypharmacy. METHODS Baseline(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Polypharmacy is common among Taiwanese older adults. We aim to determine the effectiveness of the medication safety review clinics (MSRCs) for solving drug-related problems (DRPs) among older adults prescribed multiple medications. METHODS This prospective case-series intervention study was conducted at the outpatient department of the(More)
BACKGROUND Our study was designed to (1) investigate the risk factors associated with cervical or trochanteric hip fractures; and (2) identify the risk factors for increased mortality in the elderly population sustaining hip fractures, after adjusting the miscellaneous baseline prefracture conditions. METHODS Two hundred seventeen elder patients with(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Recent evidence suggests that hyperuricemia might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular risk factors are well recognized to be associated with cerebral white matter lesion (WML). We hypothesized that hyperuricemia is related to higher grade of WML in both men and women. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 108 men and(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) is high among the elderly. However, evidence that mortality increases with MetS is rare. In this study, we investigated the relationship between MetS, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all cause mortality in the elderly. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total 10 547 participants, aged 65 years and older, of(More)
BACKGROUND The previous studies regarding the association between endogenous dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) sulphate level and metabolic syndrome are inconsistent. This study aimed to investigate such relationship in elderly Taiwanese men. MATERIALS AND METHODS Five hundred and eighty-five elderly Taiwanese men (mean age 68.7 +/- 8.3 years) were enrolled(More)
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