Selected research from leading health care experts whose findings have a direct bearing on public policies effecting medical progress. Research is chosen based on its quality and relevance by the Medical Progress Today editorial staff.

Selected Research

Inappropriate Prescribing for Elderly Americans in a Large Outpatient Population
Lesley H. Curtis, PhD, Peter E. Dans, MD, Steve Hutchison, PhD, Truls Ostbye, MD, PhD, Kevin A. Schulman, MD, Veronica Sendersky, PharmD, Raymond Woosley, MD, PhD, Alan Wright, MD, MPH, Archives of Internal Medicine, 8-9-04

According to an article published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, at least 20 percent of people over the age of 65 in the U.S. are taking a medication that is contra-indicated for their age. At least 15 percent take two or more of these drugs, and 4 percent took three or more drugs that were deemed inappropriate. This should give more impetus to reformers who want to use more technological safeguards to reduce medical errors and warn doctors of potential drug complications.

Unfortunately, policymakers are more obsessed with reducing costs than they are in improving quality or promoting best practices. Until the nation focuses its health care spending on quality, tamping down costs alone will only make a dysfunctional system even more dysfunctional. The health care sector needs to renew itself by adopting the mindset of a famous American automaker: Quality is Job #1.

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