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Resident characteristics and organizational factors influencing the quality of drug use in Swedish nursing homes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. (Social Medicine)
1998 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, E-ISSN 1873-5347, Vol. 47, no 7, 961-971 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Appropriateness of drug use is an important indicator of the quality of care in nursing homes. In this study, we analyzed the influence of resident characteristics and selected organizational factors on the appropriateness of psychotropic drug use in 33 Swedish nursing homes. Specific criteria based on published guidelines and recommendations were developed to measure appropriateness. Residents diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and younger residents had more deviations from the criteria; however, resident mix did not explain variations in appropriateness of drug use at the facility level. Facilities with better nurse staffing and drug intervention teams had fewer deviations from the criteria, but only 15–20% of the variation in drug prescribing was explained by these predictors.

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1998. Vol. 47, no 7, 961-971 p.
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psychotropics, drug utilization, quality of care, nursing homes, quality criteria
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-54030DOI: 10.1016/S0277-9536(98)00169-5PubMedID: 9722115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-54030DiVA: diva2:81939
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2010-07-26Bibliographically approved

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