To date, research on adverse drug reactions (ADRs) has focused on secondary care, and there is limited studies that have prospectively examined ADRs affecting older adults in general practice. This study from Doherty et al. examined the cumulative incidence and severity of ADRs and associated patient characteristics in a sample of community-dwelling older adults.
They found that over one-quarter of older adults experienced an ADR over a 6-year period. Polypharmacy is independently associated with ADR risk in general practice and older adults on ≥10 drug classes should be prioritised for regular medication review.