Inappropriate prescribing in the older population: STOPP criteria.
Polypathology and polymedication are common in the older population. Polymedication may lead to inappropriate prescribing which is associated with an increased risk of adverse drug reactions, hospitalisation and misuse of health resources, and, therefore, constitute a major public health problem.
Regular review of medicines may minimise inappropriate prescribing. Hence, screening tools have been devised to help identify inappropriate medication prescription among the elderly. STOPP criteria are among those that are better adapted to our own environment and are believed to improve safety of these patients.
This paper presents data based on that criteria, and has been adapted in order to help health professionals identify potentially inappropriate medications in older patients.