Methods for estimating the occurrence of polypharmacy by means of a prescription database

@article{Bjerrum1997MethodsFE,
  title={Methods for estimating the occurrence of polypharmacy by means of a prescription database},
  author={Lars Bjerrum and Jens Ulrik Rosholm and Jesper Hallas and Jakob Kragstrup},
  journal={European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology},
  year={1997},
  volume={53},
  pages={7-11}
}
Objective: Concurrent use of multiple drugs (polypharmacy, PP) may cause health risks such as adverse drug reactions, medication errors and poor compliance. The objective of this study, based on data from a prescription database, was to evaluate estimators of PP in the general population. Methods: Data were retrieved from Odense Pharmacoepidemiological Database (OPED) and consisted of all prescriptions in 1994 from a 10% random sample of drug users (n=26977) in the county of Funen, Denmark. For… CONTINUE READING