In a cross-sectional study conducted in U.S. Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home facilities, investigators sought to evaluate the prevalence and factors associated with statin use in long-stay residents aged 65 years or older with life-limiting illness. One-third of residents were prescribed statins. Common factors amongst statin-taking residents included minority race or ethnicity, use of more than 5 concurrent medications and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or risk factors. The author concluded that efforts to deprescribe statins in the nursing home setting may be warranted.
Link: J Am Geriatr Soc (5/2020)