Table 3

Characteristics of study population

ControlIntervention
Total patients190194
Age*57.6 (18–89)55.8 (18–86)
Male (%)5859
Regular medications†‡4 (0–16)3 (0–18)
When required ‘PRN’ medications†§2 (0–7)1 (0–4)
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM)†(0) (0–9)(0) (0–6)
Over the counter (OTC) medications†(0) (0–2)(0) (0–2)
Total medications1364983
Total medications (regular and PRN only)1217887
Medication charts prescribed161 (85%)194 (100%)
  • *Mean (range).

  • †Regular medications are defined as medications prescribed with the intent to be taken on a regular basis.

  • ‡Median (range).

  • §Pro Re Nata (PRN) medications are defined as medications prescribed with the intent to be taken only when required.