[Changes in medications acting on the cardiovascular system during hospitalization]

Praxis (Bern 1994). 2000 Sep 21;89(38):1506-11.
[Article in French]


The present study was conducted to assess the extent to which the treatment of patients who take one or more cardiovascular drugs regularly is changed during hospitalisation and over the course of the subsequent two months after release from hospital. In order to elucidate the question more exactly, data was collected on 107 patient after a hospital stay on the internal medicine ward of a university hospital and on 107 patients who had been hospitalised in two non-university hospitals. The average number of changes in medication in patients in the university setting was 2.7 and in patients in the non-university setting it was 2.2. The treatment of patients who were hospitalised for cardiovascular complications was switched more often than that of patients whose circulation was stable at admission. Over the course of the subsequent two months after release, the attending general practitioners (GP) switched the medication at a much lower frequency than the hospitals had done. Within one specific drug class there was no more frequent changes in medication during the hospital stay as afterwards. A drug was discontinued in 107 patients in the university setting and in 124 cases in the two non-university hospitals. The same drug was prescribed again by the treating GP in 30 and 40 patients, respectively, after release. The results of the study show that treatment with drugs that have an effect on the patient's understanding of his illness with regard to its severity may be likely to cause doubts about the effectiveness of the drug and whether the therapeutic decisions that were made by the doctors for medical or other reasons were correct. Therefore, it makes more sense to avoid unnecessary changes in medication whenever possible and only then in unavoidable cases with a clear medical indication.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cardiovascular Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Cardiovascular Agents / adverse effects
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Drug Utilization
  • Family Practice
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hospitalization*
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Switzerland


  • Cardiovascular Agents