Treatment and care of elderly persons

ARC’s experts in geriatric pharmacoepidemiology aim to understand and improve drug use in older people. In collaboration with the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, we study inappropriate drug use in older people, investigating risk of dangerous drug interactions, undertreatment of specific diseases, and trends in polypharmacy (use of multiple medications) over time.

We develop analytical methods for studying drug use and interactions and for reviewing drug treatment in older hospital and primary care patients. We contribute to the development of indicators for assessing the quality of drug use. Our information technology solutions help prescribers make decisions about which drugs they should prescribe.

The three projects in this area are:

  1. Qualitative and quantitative aspects of formal and informal care – Pär Schön and Lennarth Johansson
  2. Improving drug use in older adults – Kristina Johnell
  3. Economic aspects related to prevention, treatment, and care of elderly persons – Anders Wimo, Kristina Johnell