Hot Paper in Social Sciences

February 2014
“American Geriatrics Society updated Beers Criteria for potentially inappropriate medication uses in older adults,” by Donna Fick, et al., Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(4): 616-31, April 2012.

Abstract: “Potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) continue to be prescribed and used as first-line treatment for the most vulnerable of older adults, despite evidence of poor outcomes from the use of PIMs in older adults. PIMs now form an integral part of policy and practice and are incorporated into several quality measures. The specific aim of this project was to update the previous Beers Criteria using a comprehensive, systematic review and grading of the evidence on drug-related problems and adverse drug events (ADEs) in older adults. This was accomplished through the support of The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and the work of an interdisciplinary panel of 11 experts in geriatric care and pharmacotherapy who applied a modified Delphi method to the systematic review and grading to reach consensus on the updated 2012 AGS Beers Criteria. Fifty-three medications or medication classes encompass the final updated Criteria, which are divided into three categories: potentially inappropriate medications and classes to avoid in older adults, potentially inappropriate medications and classes to avoid in older adults with certain diseases and syndromes that the drugs listed can exacerbate, and finally medications to be used with caution in older adults. This update has much strength, including the use of an evidence-based approach using the Institute of Medicine standards and the development of a partnership to regularly update the Criteria. Thoughtful application of the Criteria will allow for (a) closer monitoring of drug use, (b) application of real-time e-prescribing and interventions to decrease ADEs in older adults, and (c) better patient outcomes.”

This 2012 report from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society was cited 18 times in current journal articles indexed by Thomson Reuters during July-August 2013. Of papers indexed by Thomson Reuters in the last two years under the main heading of Social Sciences, no other report (aside from reviews) collected a higher number of citations during that two-month period. Prior to the most recent bimonthly count, citations to the report have accrued as follows, as tracked by Essential Science Indicators Hot Papers:

May-June 2013: 18 citations
March-April 2013: 12
January-February 2013: 13
November-December 2012: 11
September-October 2012: 9
July-August 2012: 1
May-June 2012: 2

Total citations to date: 84



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