High Degree of Adherence to Statin Therapy Among the Elderly Despite High Frequency of Side Effects
2011 (English)In: Healthy Aging & Clinical Care in the Elderly, ISSN 1179-0601, no 3, 1-7 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
The aims of the present study were to investigate adherence and side effects of statin therapy in elderly patients ($75 years)after primary statin prescription, to identify possible differences related to whether statin treatment was initiated in primary care or inhospital, and to investigate whether there was any correlation between side effects of statin therapy and statin dose or renal impairment.In two primary health care populations, all patients $75 years of age recently initiated on statin therapy were identified through thepatient data records (n = 90) and asked to complete a questionnaire.Of 68 subjects responding to the questionnaire, 87% reported adherenceto the statin therapy and 29% reported side effects. No statistically significant difference was seen for adherence or frequency ofside effects depending on whether therapy was initiated in primary care or in hospital. In
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Libertas Academica Ltd. , 2011. no 3, 1-7 p.
statins, elderly, polypharmacy, adherence
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-68389DOI: 10.4137/HACCE.S7149OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-68389DiVA: diva2:418536