According to a new Dartmouth Atlas report, the types of medications prescribed to Medicare patients across the United States vary greatly depending on where the patient lives, reports the Associated Press via The Washington Post.
For example, the article notes, “Seniors who live in Alexandria, La., were more than three times as likely as those in Rochester, Minn., to receive those potentially harmful drugs, which include muscle relaxants and anxiety relievers that can cause excessive sedation, falls and other problems in older adults.”
Jeffrey Munson, an assistant professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and one of the study’s lead researchers, tells the AP that there is no reason for the variation. He suggests that doctors ask themselves, “‘Is there a good reason why my patients are getting less effective care than patients in the other regions?’”
Read the full story, published 10/15/13 by The Washington Post via the Associated Press.