EuGMS Task and Finish group on Fall-Risk-Increasing Drugs (FRIDs): Position on Knowledge Dissemination, Management, and Future Research

L. J. Seppala, N. van der Velde*, T. Masud, H. Blain, M. Petrovic, T. J. van der Cammen, K. Szczerbińska, S. Hartikainen, R. A. Kenny, J. Ryg, P. Eklund, E. Topinková, A. Mair, L. Laflamme, H. Thaler, G. Bahat, M. Gutiérrez-Valencia, Ma Caballero-Mora, F. Landi, M. H. Emmelot-VonkA. Cherubini, J. P. Baeyens, A. Correa-Pérez, A. Gudmundsson, A. Marengoni, D. O’Mahony, N. Parekh, F. E. Pisa, C. Rajkumar, M. Wehling, G. Ziere, the EuGMS Task and Finish Group on  Fall-Risk-Increasing Drugs, the EuGMS Special Interest Group on Pharmacology

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Abstract

Falls are under-recognized as adverse drug events. Healthcare professionals are reluctant to withdraw fall-risk-increasing medications. The EuGMS Task and Finish group on fall-risk-increasing drugs (FRIDs) proposes in this paper its recommendations on dissemination of knowledge about, management of, and future research on FRIDs. Falls are a major public health concern in the older population, and certain medication classes are a significant risk factor for falls. However, knowledge is lacking among both physicians and older people, including caregivers, concerning the role of medication as a risk factor. In the present statement, the European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS) Task and Finish group on fall-risk-increasing drugs (FRIDs), in collaboration with the EuGMS Special Interest group on Pharmacology and the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) Geriatric Medicine Section, outlines its position regarding knowledge dissemination on medication-related falls in older people across Europe. The EuGMS Task and Finish group is developing educational materials to facilitate knowledge dissemination for healthcare professionals and older people. In addition, steps in primary prevention through judicious prescribing, deprescribing of FRIDs (withdrawal and dose reduction), and gaps in current research are outlined in this position paper.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Geriatric Medicine
Volume10
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)275-283
ISSN1878-7649
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1. Apr 2019

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