Wiener klinische Wochenschrift

, Volume 128, Issue 7–8, pp 287–290 | Cite as

Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and renal failure in nursing home residents—results of the study “Inappropriate Medication in Patients with Renal Insufficiency in Nursing Homes”

  • Michael DörksEmail author
  • Stefan Herget-Rosenthal
  • Guido Schmiemann
  • Falk Hoffmann
short report



Use of potentially inappropriate medications may result in increased morbidity, mortality and resource utilisation. Due to polypharmacy and age-related decline in renal function the elderly population is at particular risk. Therefore, the Beers Criteria include use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in chronic renal failure stage 4 and 5 as these drugs may worsen renal function. According to the summary of product characteristics, the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ibuprofen and diclofenac are contraindicated in these patients.

Objective was to assess the extent of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use in nursing homes with a focus on residents with severe renal failure.


Multi-centre cross-sectional study in 21 German nursing homes. The study population comprised residents for whom at least one serum creatinine value and information about sex were available, so that creatinine clearance rate could be estimated.


In all, 685 of 852 residents were included as they fulfilled the abovementioned criteria. Renal failure was severe (estimated creatinine clearance rate < 30 ml/min) in 106 residents (15.5 %). Approximately one-fifth was treated with at least one nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug in both the total study population (20.3 %) and that with severe renal failure (20.8 %). With one exception, all residents prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with severe renal failure were treated with at least one nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that was contraindicated due to the underlying renal function.


Notwithstanding their classification as potentially inappropriate medications and underlying contraindications, use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is common among nursing home residents with severe renal failure.


Potentially inappropriate medications Contraindicated use NSAIDs Renal failure Nursing home 



The study was financially supported by the “KfH-Stiftung Präventivmedizin”. The “KfH-Stiftung Präventivmedizin” was not involved in the scientific analyses and had no influence on the manuscript and the publication process.

Ethical standards

The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the University Bremen.

Conflict of interest

Michael Dörks, Stefan Herget-Rosenthal, Guido Schmiemann, and Falk Hoffmann declare that there are no actual or potential conflicts of interest in relation to this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Dörks
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stefan Herget-Rosenthal
    • 2
  • Guido Schmiemann
    • 3
    • 4
  • Falk Hoffmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health Services ResearchCarl von Ossietzky University OldenburgOldenburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of MedicineRotes Kreuz KrankenhausBremenGermany
  3. 3.Department for Health Services Research, Institute for Public Health and Nursing ScienceUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  4. 4.Health Sciences BremenUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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