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ERIC Number: EJ1024367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1934-9556
Lessons Learned from Our Elders: How to Study Polypharmacy in Populations with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Stortz, Jessica N.; Lake, Johanna K.; Cobigo, Virginie; Ouellette-Kuntz, Hélène M. J.; Lunsky, Yona
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v52 n1 p60-77 Feb 2014
"Polypharmacy" is the concurrent use of multiple medications, including both psychotropic and non-psychotropic drugs. Although it may sometimes be clinically indicated, polypharmacy can have a number of negative consequences, including medication nonadherence, adverse drug reactions, and undesirable drug--drug interactions. The objective of this paper was to gain a better understanding of how to study polypharmacy among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). To do this, we reviewed literature on polypharmacy among the elderly and people with IDD to inform future research approaches and methods on polypharmacy in people with IDD. Results identified significant variability in methods used to study polypharmacy, including definitions of polypharmacy, samples studied, analytic strategies, and variables included in the analyses. Four valuable methodological lessons to strengthen future polypharmacy research in individuals with IDD emerged. These included the use of consistent definitions of polypharmacy, the implementation of population-based sampling strategies, the development of clinical guidelines, and the importance of studying associated variables.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 7065, Lawrence, KS 66044-7065. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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