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Studying the relevance of beers criteria to the contemporary ED

Published:January 28, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2020.01.053
      We read with interest the article by Harrison et al. which brings to question the clinical relevance of the 2015 Beers Criteria in today's emergency department setting [
      • Harrison L.
      • O’Connor E.
      • Jie C.
      • Benzoni T.
      • Renner C.H.
      • McCracken R.
      Potentially inappropriate medication prescribing in the elderly: is the beers criteria relevant to the emergency department today?.
      ]. The researchers examined the medical charts of a convenience sample of 400 emergency department patients (aged ≥65 years) of a single trauma centre. They found that the prevalence of a chief complaint of interest amongst patients with a Beers Criteria medication (28%) was no different than that of patients without any Beers Criteria medication (29%) reported on file.
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