, Volume 27, Issue 5, p 490
Date: 31 Jan 2012

Inappropriate Medication in Home Health Care

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To the Editor: We read with interest the study by Bao and colleagues examining the use of Beers-defined potentially inappropriate medications among older patients receiving home health care (HHC) services in the United States.1 Ensuring proper medication use especially in older adults remains a public health priority, and the authors argue that HHC patients may be at high risk for using ineffective or unsafe medications likely due to their often complex medication regimens and multiple physician prescribers. The study analyzes the 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS), a nationally representative survey of U.S. home health and hospice care agencies that collected data on current HHC patients and hospice care discharges.2 Bao and colleagues restricted their analysis to HHC patients who were age 65 or older and used at least one medication (n = 3,124). The authors, however, did not differentiate between patients receiving and patients not receiving end-of-life (EOL) care. Ac