The BEERs criteria are often used to define potentially inappropriate medication use in the elderly, although this list has not been consistently associated with avoidable ADEs. In this large prospective cohort of patients age >65 admitted to single academic medical center over 4 months, researchers compared the risk of ADEs in patients on BEERs criteria meds versus STOPP criteria meds (both lists). The adjusted odds of an ADE were significantly higher in patients on a STOPP med (OR 1.8, CI 1.5 to 2.3), but were not significantly higher in patients on a BEERs med (OR 1.3, CI 0.9 to 1.7). Avoiding STOPP meds at discharge is more likely to reduce avoidable ADEs than avoiding BEERs meds (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.