THE NUMBER OF MEDICATIONS IS ASSOCIATED WITH FRACTURES IN A POPULATION OF DIALYZED OLDER PATIENTS WITH FRAILTY
D. Azzolino, S. Vettoretti, M.M. Poggi, A. Soldati, M. Cesari
J Frailty Aging 2023;12(3)244-246
Older persons with chronic kidney disease (CKD) undergoing hemodialysis represent a growing portion of patients characterized by high vulnerability but still marginally studied. This study aimed at exploring the relationship between the number of prescriptions and fractures in older patients with CKD undergoing hemodialysis. A 24-item Frailty Index (FI) based on sociodemographic, clinical and biological data was computed. Unadjusted and adjusted logistic regression models were performed to test the association of prescribed medications with history of fractures. A total of 107 older patients undergoing hemodialysis (38 [35.5%] women, mean age 79.1 standard deviation, SD=7.7) were included in the study. Mean number of prescribed medications was 9.9 (SD=3.9) and was significantly associated with fractures (OR 1.18, 95% CI 1.06-1.32, p=0.003), even after adjustment for potential confounders (OR 1.16, 95% CI 1.03-1.30, p=0.016). If these results will be confirmed, interventions based on deprescribing will become essential in older persons undergoing hemodialysis.
D. Azzolino ; S. Vettoretti ; M.M. Poggi ; A. Soldati ; M. Cesari (2023): The Number of Medications Is Associated with Fractures in a Population of Dialyzed Older Patients with Frailty. The Journal of Frailty and Aging (JFA). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2023.5