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Comprehensive pharmaceutical care to prevent drug-related readmissions of dependent-living elderly patients: a randomized controlled trial

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Geriatrics, June 2018
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Comprehensive pharmaceutical care to prevent drug-related readmissions of dependent-living elderly patients: a randomized controlled trial
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BMC Geriatrics, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12877-018-0814-3
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R. Lenssen, K. Schmitz, C. Griesel, A. Heidenreich, J. B. Schulz, C. Trautwein, N. Marx, C. Fitzner, U. Jaehde, A. Eisert


Elderly patients are vulnerable to adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Drug-related readmissions (DRRs) can be a major consequence of ADR. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the effects of a ward-based, comprehensive pharmaceutical care service on the occurrence of DRRs as the endpoint in dependent-living elderly patients. A randomized, controlled trial was performed at a German University Hospital. Patients fulfilling the following criteria were eligible: admission to a cooperating ward, existing drug therapy at admission, 65 years of age and older, home-care or nursing home residents in ambulatory care, and a minimum hospital stay of three days. Patients received either standard care (control group) or pharmaceutical care (intervention group). Follow-up consultations were conducted for each patient at 1, 8, 26, and 52 weeks after discharge. The time to DRR was defined as the primary outcome measure and was analysed using the log-rank test. The Cox-proportional hazard model was used for risk factor analysis. Sixty patients (n = 31 intervention group, n = 29 control group) participated in the study. For patients in the intervention group, the median time to DRR was prolonged; however, the level of statistical significance was not reached (log-rank test P = 0.068; HR = 3.28, P = 0.086). When the risk factors 'age' or 'length of stay on the ward' were added to the Cox proportional hazard model, patients in the control group exhibited a significantly higher risk of experiencing a DRR than patients of the intervention group (HR = 4.62; P = 0.028 including age and HR = 5.76; P = 0.033 including length of stay on the ward). Our findings demonstrate the successful implementation of ward-based, comprehensive pharmaceutical care for dependent-living elderly. Despite a low participation rate, which led to an underpowered study, the results provide a preliminary efficacy signal and effect size estimates to power a definitive trial. Clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT01578525 , prospectively registered April 13, 2012.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 116 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 18 16%
Unspecified 13 11%
Student > Bachelor 13 11%
Researcher 9 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 8%
Other 26 22%
Unknown 28 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 21 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 19 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 15 13%
Unspecified 12 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 3%
Other 13 11%
Unknown 33 28%

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