Beers criteria


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Beers criteria

(bērz),
a set of pharmacologic features that make certain drugs particularly hazardous for patients over 65 years of age. A list of such drugs was first published in 1991 and has been periodically revised by specialists in geriatrics.
[Mark H. Beers, contemporary U.S. geriatrician]

Beers criteria

A list of medications that frequently cause side effects when administered to elderly patients. Among the medications on the list are those that cause prominent neuropsychiatric, renal, and anticholinergic side effects.
Synonym: Beers list
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The Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults lists many groups of medications that are considered high risk among older adult populations.
The Beers Criteria provides useful guidance on prescription medications and drug classes that should be avoided or used with caution when caring for the elderly.
NCQA is updating this measure to align with the recently published 2012 American Geriatrics Society Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults.
Updating the Beers criteria for potentially Inappropriate medication use in older adults: results of a US consensus panel of experts.
Hamilton and her coauthors pointed out that the lists include drugs that are not available in European countries, and that the results of studies on the association between the potentially inappropriate medicines identified with the Beers criteria and adverse drug events have been mixed.
Brooks recommended the Beers Criteria, which lists medications to avoid in anyone older than 65 years or in older people with different disease states (Arch.
The "Best Tool" paragraph provided a good general introductory overview of the Beers criteria.
The study is the first large study conducted among community-dwelling elderly individuals and controlling for confounding factors that supports the Beers criteria that lists amitriptyline as a potentially inappropriate medication for use in the elderly population.
PIMs were defined by the revised Beers criteria (Arch.
Cholesterol-fighting statins, anti-inflammatory drugs and antianxiety drugs all can cause confusion, memory loss and/or behavior changes in older adults--along with many other drugs listed in the Beers Criteria as being high-risk for the elderly.
The Beers criteria are widely known but not often used in clinical practice.
The first half of the intervention period used the Beers criteria to define potentially inappropriate medications (PIM), and the prevalence of PIMs was reduced by a relative 19% to an absolute rate of 4.