Using Clinical Alerts to Decrease Inappropriate Medication Prescribing

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Baystate Medical Center

Status

Completed

Conditions

Elderly

Treatments

Behavioral: Pop-up alert

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01034761
132454

Details and patient eligibility

About

Introduction: The Beers list identifies medications that should be avoided in persons 65 years or older because they are ineffective, pose an unnecessarily high risk, or a safer alternative is available. In a recent study, we found a high rate of prescribing of Beers list medications to hospitalized patients. At Baystate, 41% of medical patients received at least one Beers list drug classified as "high severity," meaning it carried a high risk for an adverse drug reaction, while 5% received 3 or more. Some Beers drugs have been associated with delirium and falls. When compared to Baystate patients who did not receive a high severity medication, those who did had an increased risk of mortality (7.8% vs. 5.2%), longer length of stay (5.5 days vs. 3.9 days) and higher costs ($11,240 vs. 6243). Specific Aims: Quantify the impact of synchronous electronic alerts on physician prescribing of high-severity Beers' list drugs to hospitalized patients over the age of 65 years. Compare physician reactions to each drug-specific alert Project Description: We will develop a series of clinical alerts in CIS, Baystate's computerized provider order entry system, to reduce the use of potentially inappropriate medications among hospitalized elders. We will randomize providers to electronic alerts or usual care. Whenever a provider randomized to alerts attempts to place an order for a high-risk medication on the Beers list and the intended recipient is over 65 years of age, a synchronous alert (i.e. a "pop-up") will inform the physician about the risks associated with the medication and will propose safer alternatives. We will collect data on physician ordering and patient outcomes comparing the number of Beers list prescriptions from providers receiving electronic alerts to those not receiving alerts. Our anticipated outcome is a decrease in inappropriate prescribing during the period when the electronic alerts are activated. Other potential outcomes include decrease in length of stay and a decrease in falls.

Enrollment

719 patients

Sex

All

Ages

65+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Hospitalized patients with Age > 65

Exclusion criteria

None

Trial design

Primary purpose

Prevention

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

719 participants in 2 patient groups

Pop-up alerts
Experimental group
Description:
Providers will receive pop-up alerts in the electronic medical record when prescribing one of the specified medications from the Beers list.
Treatment:
Behavioral: Pop-up alert
Usual care
No Intervention group

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