Aparasu and Fliginger estimated the prevalence of inappropriately prescribed medicines by analyzing 1992 data for patients aged 65 years and older from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). The NAMCS is a nationwide cross-sectional survey of office visits by ambulatory patients. Prescribing appropriateness was measured as the prevalence of prescriptions for any of 20 medicines considered inappropriate for use in the elderly. Office-based physicians prescribed at least one inappropriate medication in about 8% of the elderly who received prescriptions.45
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