Each year, 80,000 older people are treated at the Accident and Emergency Department following a fall, and a large proportion of those falls are associated with medication use.
Thanks to support from the Clementine Brigitta Maria Dalderup Fonds, Nathalie van der Velde, Head of Geriatric Medicine at the AMC, is able to conduct pioneering research into medication-related falls among older people.
Falling is the most common cause of accident-related injuries among older people. Every year, 80,000 older people are treated at the Accident and Emergency Department, 40,000 end up in hospital and 2500 older people die in the Netherlands as the result of a fall. The medical costs associated with falls are 780 million euros.
In many cases, the fall is a consequence of medication use. Research conducted by Van der Velde should provide greater insight and ultimately result in a system that can be used to reduce the use of medication that poses a high risk of falling. This research is an important step towards actually customising the medication prescribed to older people.