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A prospective drug surveillance study was undertaken in 300 elderly patients admitted to a geriatric clinic. Prescribing patterns were determined on admission, at discharge and 3.6 and 18 months after discharge. Patients referred from long-term care institutions were on significantly more drugs than non-institutionalized subjects. A 34% reduction in the(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine medication problems during a stay in hospital and after discharge and to identify risk factors that contribute to poor compliance with medication a prospective observational study was carried out in an university-affiliated geriatric hospital and a patients' home. PATIENTS One hundred and nineteen patients admitted from home to the(More)
Adherence to drug treatment is difficult to assess in routine medical practice. Therefore, electronic compliance monitoring and a new computer software program, the PC-RDP (Reader, Display, Printer) system was used. It allows instant evaluation of a patient's dosing record, at the patient's return to the practice. Compliance was measured in 24 patients on(More)
Nutritional status was assessed in 300 geriatric patients aged 75 years or more using clinical, anthropometric, biochemical and immunologic methods. Relations between different assessment methods and their prognostic significance with regard to 18-month mortality were examined. For biochemical variables 10% (prealbumin, vitamin B6) to 37% (vitamins A and C)(More)
OBJECTIVE A pilot study to assess patient compliance with medication by using a new measurement technique, continuous electronic monitoring. DESIGN Survey. Compliance monitors were provided to eligible patients at discharge from the hospital to measure drug intake behavior prospectively for a period of 3 weeks. SETTING Ambulant patient care after(More)
To obtain reference values for comparison with malnourished geriatric patients, the nutritional status of 50 apparently healthy women aged 75 or older living independently in two old people's homes in Heidelberg was examined. All women were able to walk, and were free from overt disease and signs of mental deterioration. Anthropometric measurements (body(More)
The causes of early rehospitalization (within 3 weeks) of very elderly patients, its possible avoidance and appropriate preventive measures were analysed retrospectively in patients of a geriatric hospital. Included were all those patients who had been admitted to the hospital from their home several (mean: five) times between 1987 and 1990 (48 women, 19(More)
The objective of the study was to investigate patient compliance with ethinyl oestradiol therapy. Medication was prescribed to be taken in 20-micrograms doses four times daily for seven days. Oestrogens are prescribed for standardization of the cervical mucus before the sperm cervical-mucus penetration test (SCMPT) is performed. Relation of drug compliance(More)