Use of medication reviews among older women with dementia, 2003-2015: A longitudinal cohort study

Kailash Thapaliya, Melissa L. Harris, Julie E. Byles

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Objective: To identify factors associated with incidence of medication reviews (MRs), particularly in women with dementia and in residential aged care (RAC). Methods: Data from 10 359 women in the 1921-1926 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health were linked to Medicare Benefits Schedule data to identify MRs for each year from 2003 to 2015. Results: Incidence of MR increased from 2003 to 2013 (age 87-92 years) when 37.1% of women with dementia had a MR compared to 19.8% of women without dementia. Adjusting for time and other factors, the odds of having a MR were higher for women with dementia (AOR = 1.18, 95% CI: 1.06-1.32) and women in RAC (AOR = 3.61, 95% CI: 3.28-3.98). Conclusions: Although higher in women with dementia and those in RAC, utilisation of MR was modest. System-level interventions may be required to ensure the use and benefits of MRs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e552-e558
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • dementia
  • Drug Utilization Review
  • frailty
  • homes for the aged
  • psychotropic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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