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Older adults (age 65 and older) are how many times more likely than younger people to have an ADE requiring hospital admission?

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Older adults are 7 times more likely to have an ADE requiring hospital admission.

  • Older adults are 2 to 3 times more likely to have an ADE requiring a visit to a physician’s office or emergency department.
  • Age is a principal underlying risk factor for ADEs and is likely secondary to altered pharmacokinetics, polypharmacy, or cognitive decline.
  • Older adults age 65 or older, comprise approximately 35% of all inpatient stays, but contribute to approximately 53% of inpatient stays complicated by ADEs.

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