Survey of Potentially Inappropriate Prescription Using STOPP/START Criteria in Inha University Hospital

Title
Survey of Potentially Inappropriate Prescription Using STOPP/START Criteria in Inha University Hospital
Authors
최지호; 이연지
Keywords
Aged Patients; STOPP/START Criteria; Potentially Inappropriate Medications; Potential Prescribing Omissions
Issue Date
2013
Publisher
Korean Journal of Family Medicine
Series/Report no.
Korean Journal of Family Medicine; 제34권 제5호 pp 319~326
Abstract
Background: Prescribing potentially harmful drugs and omitting essential drugs to older patients is a common problem because they take so many medications. In this study, our goal was to identify potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs) using Screening Tool of Older Persons’ potentially inappropriate Prescriptions (STOPP) and Screening Tool to Alert doctors to the Right Treatment (START) criteria to improve proper prescription and reduce improper prescription. Methods: Enrolled in this study were 117 patients older than 65 years old who were hospitalized at Inha University Hospital in Incheon due to pneumonia from January 2012 to March 2012. Patient data, including medical histories, current diagnoses, current medications, and biochemical data were recorded from electronic records. STOPP and START were applied to their clinical datasheets. Results: STOPP criteria identified 24 patients who had 29 PIMs. Most potential inappropriate prescribing was of cardiovascular medications, followed by drugs whose primary effect is on the urogenital system and gastrointestinal system. START criteria identified 31 patients who had 46 PPOs. The cardiovascular system drugs comprised most of the PPOs. No PPOs were identified under the central nervous system criteria. Conclusion: Given the current Korean medical system conditions and considering the many clinically important situations when prescribing drugs, STOPP/START criteria are not absolute criteria to prevent improper prescription, but sagacious usage of these standards can help physicians to prescribe properly in clinical practice.
URI
http://dx.doi.org/10.4082/kjfm.2013.34.5.319
http://dspace.inha.ac.kr/handle/10505/33815
ISSN
2005-6443
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