Poor drug use in aged care 'ups hospital admissions'

Australian study links admissions to both bad drug choices and lack of preventive medication

Suboptimal use of medicines likely underpins almost half of hospital admissions among people living in aged care homes, an Australian study suggests.

Dr Lisa Kalisch Ellett
Dr Lisa Kalisch Ellett.

Analysis of nearly 19,000 hospitalisations among aged care residents has flagged potentially poor care, including failure to swap out drugs linked to falls and lack of cardioprotective agents in those with a