Medication use at transitions of care among community-dwelling older Australian Men: Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP)

Summary

This project aims to investigate the use of potentially inappropriate medications among older adults before and after hospital and nursing home admissions. Hospital readmissions and nursing home admissions are common among older patients receiving multiple medications, with considerable costs to the patients and society. As such, it is vital to document how transitions of care impact on patterns of medication use in this high risk patient group.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Danijela Gnjidic, Professor Robert G Cumming

Research Location

Sydney Pharmacy School

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

The Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP) is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive study of the health of older men ever conducted anywhere in the world. CHAMP involves 1705 men aged 70 years and older recruited from the community living near Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner west. Participants were assessed at baseline (2005-2007, n = 1705), 2 years (n = 1367), and 5 years follow up (n = 958). Men complete a questionnaire at home before coming to the study clinic at Concord Hospital for additional assessments. In addition, CHAMP dataset has been linked to a range of administrative health datasets including the NSW Admitted Patient Data Collection (APDC), the NSW Register of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) records, and Aged and Community Care Management Information System database.

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Keywords

medication use, older adults, hospital admissions, nursing home admissions

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2348

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