Taking meds at the wrong time is draining the health system

BAD medicine routines are sending thousands of elderly people to hospital and costing our health system $300m each year.

University of South Australia researchers looked at five years of Department of Veterans' Affairs data relating to the hospitalisation of 83,430 older people.

They found 25.2% of the patients had dodgy medication routines.

"The overall proportion of hospitalisations that were preceded by suboptimal medication-related processes of care was 25.2%", the authors report in the Medical Journal of Australia, which comes out today. MONDAY SEP 7.

The researchers developed a set of processes to help reduce health costs and improve patient outcomes.

"Failure to implement appropriate patterns of care suggests that an opportunity to improve health care outcomes is being missed," the researchers said.

"The results could be used to inform and focus the development of interventions and efforts to improve the quality of health care delivery, potentially reducing morbidity and health care costs."


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