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Quality Indicators for Appropriate Medication Use in Vulnerable Elders

Eric L. Knight, MD, MPH; and Jerry Avorn, MD
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From Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Grant Support: By a contract from Pfizer Inc. to RAND.

Requests for Single Reprints: Jerry Avorn, MD, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 221 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Knight: Channing Laboratory, 181 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Dr. Avorn: Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 221 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Ann Intern Med. 2001;135(8_Part_2):703-710. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-135-8_Part_2-200110161-00009
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Medications are central in the care of elderly patients and are the final common pathway for most therapeutic decisions. While vulnerable elders are particularly likely to require pharmaceutical therapy, they are also at increased risk for drug side effects. In addition, underuse has joined overuse and misuse as indicators for assessing the prescribing of medications to older patients.

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