Health care and medication costs and use among older adults with heart failure.

@article{Stroupe2004HealthCA,
  title={Health care and medication costs and use among older adults with heart failure.},
  author={Kevin Stroupe and Evgenia Y. Teal and Michael Weiner and Irmina Gradus-Pizlo and Dr D. Craig Brater and Michael D. Murray},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={116 7},
  pages={443-50}
}
BACKGROUND Heart failure disproportionately affects older adults for whom multiple medications are prescribed to prevent exacerbations and hospitalization. To target interventions effectively, it is important to understand the association of medication acquisition with health care utilization and costs. METHODS We used electronic medical records from an urban public health care system to identify patients aged >/=50 years who had a diagnosis of heart failure. We assessed the association… CONTINUE READING