Epidemiology of adverse drug events in the nursing home setting

Drugs Aging. 1995 Sep;7(3):203-11. doi: 10.2165/00002512-199507030-00005.


There is widespread concern about the level of use, particularly the inappropriate use, of drugs among elderly residents of nursing homes. Medication consumption by these individuals is among the highest of any patient population; residents of nursing homes are prescribed an average of 5 to 8 regularly scheduled medications in addition to those drugs prescribed on an as needed ('prn') basis. Ideally, drug therapy should result in beneficial effects and improved quality of life for patients. However, the development of adverse drug events (ADEs) can compromise the expected benefits of pharmacotherapy for the individual nursing-home resident and may represent a public health problem of considerable magnitude.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Systems
  • Aged
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions*
  • Homes for the Aged*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Homes*