Last updated on June 2019

Polypharmacy Outpatient Clinic


Brief description of study

To investigate the effect of physician-initiated, medication reviews in geriatric patients on self-reported health-related quality of life, admissions, mortality and falls.

Detailed Study Description

Aim: To investigate the effect of physician-initiated, medication reviews in geriatric patients on self-reported health-related quality of life, admissions and mortality.

Trial design: Randomized trial with polypharmacy intervention in addition to standard geriatric care. After referral to the geriatric outpatient clinic (but before the first visit), a medical secretary screens the patient's medication on the electronic medication list. If the patient is taking more than 8 different drugs, the patient is randomized to either standard geriatric care or standard geriatric care plus polypharmacy intervention. During the first visit, the patient is informed of the project and asked for written, informed consent. If given, we collect data regarding the patient's medication and any medication changes during the intervention, demographics, frailty (FRAIL Scale), Charlson Comorbidity Index, self-reported history of falls, recent admissions, self-reported, health-related quality of life (EQ-5D-5L) and death. Data is collected at baseline, 4 months follow-up and 12 months follow-up.

Participants: All randomized, polymedicated (>8 drugs) patients referred to the geriatric outpatient clinic.

Outcomes: The primary outcome is the between-group difference in the EQ-5D-5L difference (self-reported, health-related quality of life) between baseline and 12 month follow-up.

The secondary outcomes are number of medications, number of successful medication discontinuations, number of admissions and visits to the emergency department, self-reported low-energy falls, and death.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03911934

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