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DNR Orders Linked to Increased Mortality in Older Adults

Early versus late DNR tied to shorter median length of stay in hospitalized adults aged 65 years and older
Letters targeting high prescribers of quetiapine (Seroquel)

Peer Comparisons Can Decrease Risky Prescribing Patterns

Meaningful, persistent drop in quetiapine prescribing seen, with no negative patient effects
The U.S. Preventive Service Task Force published a final recommendation on Aug. 7 citing insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography in asymptomatic

Perspectives on USPSTF A-Fib Screening Recommendation

Physicians weigh in on the need to develop a screening strategy
There is insufficient evidence to support screening for atrial fibrillation with electrocardiography in older

USPSTF: Insufficient Evidence to Screen for Atrial Fibrillation

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says benefit unclear in asymptomatic, older patients
Advance care planning in frail older adults does not increase patient activation or quality of life

Advance Care Planning Doesn’t Aid Quality of Life

But, participation does increase advance directives, surrogate decision-makers
One-quarter of older adults with type 2 diabetes in the United States are tightly controlled using glucose-lowering medications with a high risk of hypoglycemia

One-Quarter of Older U.S. Adults May Be Overtreated for Diabetes

These patients are tightly controlled with glucose-lowering medications with high risk of hypoglycemia
More than 25 percent of older U.S. adults with diabetes use some type of complementary and alternative medicine

One in Four Older Adults With Diabetes Uses Alternative Meds

Herbal, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, yoga most commonly used individual therapies
Prefrail/frail seniors at risk of malnutrition have poor health outcomes and increased mortality

Poor Outcomes for Prefrail/Frail at Risk of Malnutrition

Prevalence of ADL disability, poor QOL highest for prefrail/frail seniors at risk of malnutrition
Cataract surgery is associated with a modest decrease in the risk of the patient being in a serious traffic crash as the driver

Cataract Surgery May Cut Risk of Serious Car Accidents

Findings in a large study of older patients before and after cataract surgery
There are sociodemographic disparities in eyeglass use by age

Sociodemographic Disparities in Eyeglass Use Among Elderly

Glasses use less likely for those who were older, non-white, had lower educational levels, less affluent