Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Australas J Ageing. 2015 Jun;34(2):134-9. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12150. Epub 2014 Apr 23.

GPs, medications and older people: A qualitative study of general practitioners' approaches to potentially inappropriate medications in older people.

Author information

1
Discipline of General Practice, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Abstract

AIM:

To explore the prescribing, and the rationale for this prescribing, of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in older persons by Australian general practitioners (GPs).

METHODS:

This was a qualitative study employing semistructured interviews and thematic analysis. GPs who had patients taking at least one PIM were invited to participate. PIMs were defined by the Beers criteria.

RESULTS:

Twenty-two GPs from four regions in three Australian states participated. While none were aware of the Beers criteria, participant GPs displayed good knowledge of the potential adverse effects of these medications. They were comfortable with the continued prescription of the medications. This was based on often quite complex harm-benefit considerations of the biopsychosocial contexts of individual patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

The concept of 'appropriate' versus 'inappropriate' medications implicit in classification systems such as the Beers criteria is at odds with complex considerations informing decision-making prescribing PIMs in older persons.

KEYWORDS:

decision-making; family practice; inappropriate prescribing; older people

PMID:
24754489
DOI:
10.1111/ajag.12150
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center