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Use of antibiotics in elderly patients with exacerbated COPD: the OLD-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease study.
J Am Geriatr Soc 2006; 54(4):642-7JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

To verify how frequently geriatric patients hospitalized for exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) had not been given antibiotics at home and to identify the relationship between the patient's condition and the prescribing practice.

DESIGN

Observational study.

SETTING

General medicine acute care wards.

PARTICIPANTS

Four hundred fifty-nine elderly patients admitted to the hospital because of exacerbated COPD.

MEASUREMENTS

Indices of severity of COPD exacerbation, such as age, St. George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) score, number of exacerbations in the previous year, and Cumulative Illness Rating Scale score were considered in the analyses.

RESULTS

Ninety (19.6%) patients had an antibiotic prescribed before admission. The prescription was not associated with older age and was weakly associated with greater comorbidity. Having more than four exacerbations (odds ratio (OR)=2.16, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.27-3.66) and a SGRQ symptoms subscore greater than 70 (OR=1.61, 95% CI=1.0-2.68) were independent correlates of the use of antibiotics before admission, although 67% of patients reporting more than four exacerbations in the previous year and 73.1% of patients with a SGRQ symptoms subscore greater than 70 had not been given any antibiotic prescription at home.

CONCLUSION

The majority of older patients hospitalized for exacerbated COPD had not been given antibiotics at home, although they had at least one index of exacerbation severity.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Geriatric Medicine, University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16686876

Citation

Incalzi, Raffaele Antonelli, et al. "Use of Antibiotics in Elderly Patients With Exacerbated COPD: the OLD-chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Study." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 54, no. 4, 2006, pp. 642-7.
Incalzi RA, Corsonello A, Pedone C, et al. Use of antibiotics in elderly patients with exacerbated COPD: the OLD-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006;54(4):642-7.
Incalzi, R. A., Corsonello, A., Pedone, C., Masotti, G., Rengo, F., Grassi, V., & Bellia, V. (2006). Use of antibiotics in elderly patients with exacerbated COPD: the OLD-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 54(4), pp. 642-7.
Incalzi RA, et al. Use of Antibiotics in Elderly Patients With Exacerbated COPD: the OLD-chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2006;54(4):642-7. PubMed PMID: 16686876.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Use of antibiotics in elderly patients with exacerbated COPD: the OLD-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease study. AU - Incalzi,Raffaele Antonelli, AU - Corsonello,Andrea, AU - Pedone,Claudio, AU - Masotti,Giulio, AU - Rengo,Franco, AU - Grassi,Vittorio, AU - Bellia,Vincenzo, PY - 2006/5/12/pubmed PY - 2006/6/9/medline PY - 2006/5/12/entrez SP - 642 EP - 7 JF - Journal of the American Geriatrics Society JO - J Am Geriatr Soc VL - 54 IS - 4 N2 - OBJECTIVES: To verify how frequently geriatric patients hospitalized for exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) had not been given antibiotics at home and to identify the relationship between the patient's condition and the prescribing practice. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: General medicine acute care wards. PARTICIPANTS: Four hundred fifty-nine elderly patients admitted to the hospital because of exacerbated COPD. MEASUREMENTS: Indices of severity of COPD exacerbation, such as age, St. George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) score, number of exacerbations in the previous year, and Cumulative Illness Rating Scale score were considered in the analyses. RESULTS: Ninety (19.6%) patients had an antibiotic prescribed before admission. The prescription was not associated with older age and was weakly associated with greater comorbidity. Having more than four exacerbations (odds ratio (OR)=2.16, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.27-3.66) and a SGRQ symptoms subscore greater than 70 (OR=1.61, 95% CI=1.0-2.68) were independent correlates of the use of antibiotics before admission, although 67% of patients reporting more than four exacerbations in the previous year and 73.1% of patients with a SGRQ symptoms subscore greater than 70 had not been given any antibiotic prescription at home. CONCLUSION: The majority of older patients hospitalized for exacerbated COPD had not been given antibiotics at home, although they had at least one index of exacerbation severity. SN - 0002-8614 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16686876/Use_of_antibiotics_in_elderly_patients_with_exacerbated_COPD:_the_OLD_chronic_obstructive_pulmonary_disease_study_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2006.00680.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -