To examine and compare the quality of drug prescribing for older patients in nursing homes and home nursing services.
Cross-sectional study comprising 11,254 patients aged = 65?years in nursing homes (n?=?2986) and home nursing services (n?=?8268). Potentially inappropriate medications were identified by using the Norwegian General Practice criteria and drug-drug interactions through a Norwegian Web-based tool. The impact of care setting on exposure to selected drug groups, potentially inappropriate medications, and drug interactions was calculated, adjusting for patients' age, gender, and number of drugs used.
Patients in nursing homes and home nursing services used on average 5.7 (SD?=?2.6) multidose dispensed regular drugs. Twenty-six percent used at least one potentially inappropriate medication, 31% in nursing homes and 25% in home nursing services, p?