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Prescription and deprescription of medications for older adults receiving palliative care during the last 3months of life: a single-center retrospective cohort study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
Number of Authors: 42019 (English)In: European Geriatric Medicine, ISSN 1878-7649, E-ISSN 1878-7657, Vol. 10, no 3, p. 463-471Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Near the end of life, drugs to ensure comfort and improve quality of life should be prioritized, and unnecessary drugs should be avoided. The aim was to assess the evolution and quality of drug therapy throughout the last 3 months of life of older adults in need of palliative care.

Methods

A single-center retrospective cohort study included older adults (65years) who died in a teaching hospital between 1 January 2014 and 30 June 2014 and had been identified as patients in need of palliative care in their last 3 months of life. Drugs were collected from electronic medical records and defined as unnecessary' or essential' based on a review of the literature.

Results

A total of 149 patients were included [age: 82.1 (SD 8.6)years, women: 46.3%]. The mean number of medications varied from 6.7 (SD 3.3) drugs 90 days before death, to 7.5 (SD 4.1) 7 days before death, to 5.6 (SD 3.6) on the day of death. During the final week of life, one additional prescription of essential drugs was observed for 75.2% of patients and 79.3% of patients had at least one unnecessary drug deprescribed. The most prescribed and deprescribed drug classes were, respectively, analgesics (56.4%) and antithrombotic agents (38.2%) during the last week of life.

Conclusions

Near the end of life, medication therapy is adapted to the goals of palliative care. However, this only occurs during the last week of life. Earlier transition to palliative care is necessary to avoid exposure to unnecessary drugs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. Vol. 10, no 3, p. 463-471
Keywords [en]
End-of-life care, Palliative care, Older adults, Medication therapy management
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Geriatrics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-170113DOI: 10.1007/s41999-019-00175-3ISI: 000469041000014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-170113DiVA, id: diva2:1333630
Available from: 2019-07-01 Created: 2019-07-01 Last updated: 2019-07-01Bibliographically approved

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