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Potentially Harmful Medication Use and Decline in Health-Related Quality of Life among Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Chou, Richard D. Boyce, Steven M. Albert declare no conflicts of interest. Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International

Over-the-counter medications containing diphenhydramine and doxylamine used by older adults to improve sleep

Background The unintentional misuse of over-the-counter sleep aids among older adults is an important public health problem and a focus of Healthy People 2020. Accordingly, the 2015 Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults recommends that individuals 65 years or older avoid use of diphenhydramine and doxylamine; however, many over-the-counter...

Differences in Benzodiazepine Receptor Agonist Use in Rural and Urban Older Adults

(PACE) for providing medication claims data through a data sharing agreement. Author contributions Meghan K. Mattos, Jennifer G. Naples, Susan M. Sereika, and Steven M. Albert contributed to the ... Meghan K. Mattos, Jennifer G. Naples, and Susan M. Sereika have no conflicts of interest to declare. Steven M. Albert served as principal investigator on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Standing orders for influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination: Correlates identified in a national survey of U.S. Primary care physicians

Background Standing orders programs (SOPs) allow non-physician medical staff to assess eligibility and administer vaccines without a specific physician's order. SOPs increase vaccination rates but are underutilized. Method In 2009, correlates of SOPs use for influenza vaccine and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination (PPV) were assessed in a nationally representative...