Pazan, F, Petrovic, M, Cherubini, A, Onder, G, Cruz-Jentoft, AJ, Denkinger, M, van der Cammen, TJM, Stevenson, JM, Ibrahim, K, Rajkumar, C, Bakken, MS, Baeyens, J-P, Crome, P, Frühwald, T, Gallaghar, P, Guðmundsson, A, Knol, W, O'Mahony, D, Pilotto, A, Rönnemaa, E, Serra-Rexach, JA, Soulis, G, van Marum, RJ, Ziere, G, Mair, A, Burkhardt, H, Neumann-Podczaska, A, Wieczorowska-Tobis, K, Fernandes, MA, Gruner, H, Dallmeier, D, Beuscart, J-B, van der Velde, N and Wehling, M (2020) Current evidence on the impact of medication optimization or pharmacological interventions on frailty or aspects of frailty: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. ISSN 0031-6970

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BACKGROUND: Frailty and adverse drug effects are linked in the fact that polypharmacy is correlated with the severity of frailty; however, a causal relation has not been proven in older people with clinically manifest frailty. METHODS: A literature search was performed in Medline to detect prospective randomized controlled trials (RCTs) testing the effects of pharmacological interventions or medication optimization in older frail adults on comprehensive frailty scores or partial aspects of frailty that were published from January 1998 to October 2019. RESULTS: Twenty-five studies were identified, 4 on comprehensive frailty scores and 21 on aspects of frailty. Two trials on comprehensive frailty scores showed positive results on frailty although the contribution of medication review in a multidimensional approach was unclear. In the studies on aspects related to frailty, ten individual drug interventions showed improvement in physical performance, muscle strength or body composition utilizing alfacalcidol, teriparatide, piroxicam, testosterone, recombinant human chorionic gonadotropin, or capromorelin. There were no studies examining negative effects of drugs on frailty. CONCLUSION: So far, data on a causal relationship between drugs and frailty are inconclusive or related to single-drug interventions on partial aspects of frailty. There is a clear need for RCTs on this topic that should be based on a comprehensive, internationally consistent and thus reproducible concept of frailty assessment.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Frailty, Prefrailty, Polypharmacy, Medication optimization, Inappropriate drug treatment, Older people
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2020 09:16
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2021 10:14

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