Updating beers criteria
The criteria are used in geriatrics clinical care to monitor and improve the quality of care.
They are also used in training, research, and healthcare policy to assist in developing performance measures and document outcomes.
are guidelines for healthcare professionals to help improve the safety of prescribing medications for older adults.
They emphasize deprescribing medications that are unnecessary, which helps to reduce the problems of polypharmacy, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions, thereby improving the risk–benefit ratio of medication regimens in at-risk people.
The AGS Updated Beers Criteria do not substitute for professional judgment or the need to tailor care to each patient's individual needs, goals, and unique situation.
The process included a rigorous systematic review of over 2,169 citations. Following the recommendation of the IOM, AGS added a public comment period that occurred in parallel to its standard invited external peer review process.In a significant departure from previous versions of the criteria, each recommendation is rated for quality of both the evidence supporting the panel’s recommendations and the strength of their recommendations.BEST TOOL: The American Geriatrics Society Updated Beers Criteria (AGS, 2015). Hamilton, H., Gallagher, P., Ryan, C., Byrne, S., & O'Mahony, D. Potentially inappropriate medications defined by STOPP criteria and the risk of adverse drug events in older hospitalized patients. The AGS Updated Beers Criteria include three main categories: (1) potentially inappropriate medications and classes to avoid in older adults; (2) potentially inappropriate medications and classes to avoid in older adults with certain conditions that the drugs listed can exacerbate; and (3) medications to be used with considerable caution in older adults.