International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 386–393 | Cite as

Potentially inappropriate prescribing and associated factors in elderly patients at hospital discharge in Brazil: a cross-sectional study

  • Ana Luiza Pereira Moreira Mori
  • Renata Cunha Carvalho
  • Patricia Melo AguiarEmail author
  • Maria Goretti Farias de Lima
  • Magali da Silva Pacheco Nobre Rossi
  • José Fernando Salvador Carrillo
  • Egídio Lima Dórea
  • Sílvia Storpirtis
Research Article


Background The Screening Tool of Older Persons’ Prescriptions/Screening Tool to Alert doctors to Right Treatment (STOPP/START) criteria is used to identify instances of potentially inappropriate prescribing in a patient’s medication regimen. Objective To determine the prevalence and predictors of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs) among elderly patients at hospital discharge. Setting A university hospital medical clinic in Brazil. Method Discharge prescriptions were examined using the STOPP/START criteria. Subjects were inpatients aged ≥60 years receiving at least one medication prior to hospitalization and with a history of cardiovascular disease. The prevalence of PIMs and PPOs was determined and a multivariable binary regression analysis was performed to identify independent predictors associated with PIMs or PPOs. Main outcome measure Prevalence of PIMs and PPOs. Results Of the 230 subjects, 13.9% were prescribed at least one PIM. The most frequently prescribed PIMs were glibenclamide or chlorpropamide prescribed for type 2 diabetes mellitus (31.0%), and aspirin at doses >150 mg/day (14.3%). Ninety patients had at least one PPO (39.1%). The most prevalent PPOs were statins (29.8%) and antiplatelet therapy (13.7%) for diabetes mellitus when coexisting major cardiovascular risk factors were present. No predictors for PIMs were found. In contrast, diabetes was a risk factor while dyslipidaemia was a protective factor for PPOs. Conclusion PIMs and PPOs commonly occur with elderly people at hospital discharge. Diabetes and dyslipidaemia were significantly associated with PPOs. Our findings show the need for interventions to reduce potentially inappropriate prescribing, such as a pharmacist medication review process at hospital discharge.


Aged Brazil Patient discharge Pharmacists Potentially inappropriate medication list STOPP START criteria 



Authors wish to thank all professionals and patients involved direct or indirectly with this study.



Conflicts of interest

The authors have no conflict of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Luiza Pereira Moreira Mori
    • 1
  • Renata Cunha Carvalho
    • 1
  • Patricia Melo Aguiar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Goretti Farias de Lima
    • 1
  • Magali da Silva Pacheco Nobre Rossi
    • 1
  • José Fernando Salvador Carrillo
    • 1
  • Egídio Lima Dórea
    • 2
  • Sílvia Storpirtis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.University HospitalUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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