How ‘pill for every ill’-alarming source of polypharmacy in elderly patient
Keywords:Beers' criteria, Polypharmacy, Elderly
According to WHO there is one elderly person i.e., age 60 year or older in every nine people and this value is expected to increase by 2050 accounting for about half of the total growth of the world population. This demographic transition poses a significant challenge for health care authorities as the age advances multiple chronic disease such as hypertension, DM, arthritis, chronic heart disease, renal disease come in to scenario. For the above-mentioned disease an elderly patient has to take life-long medications this leads to polypharmacy.
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