The prevalence of polypharmacy in elderly attenders to an emergency department - a problem with a need for an effective solution

@inproceedings{Banerjee2011ThePO,
  title={The prevalence of polypharmacy in elderly attenders to an emergency department - a problem with a need for an effective solution},
  author={Ashis Banerjee and David Mbamalu and Sayed Esmaeil Sadat Ebrahimi and Arshad Ali Khan and Toong Foo Chan},
  booktitle={International journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2011}
}
We studied the prevalence of polypharmacy in attenders aged 75 years and over to an emergency department (ED) in North London over a period of 1 month. We identified 467 patients in this age group. Analysis of medications being prescribed revealed at least 82 patients on medication with the potential for adverse interaction. There is a need for ED-initiated strategies to identify interactions and for pathways to allow for medication review. 

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