In addition to comparing rural and non-rural assisted
living residents' medication utilization, this study
examined the prevalence of inappropriately prescribed
medications (IPMs) and drug-to-drug interactions (DDIs)
among residents of rural and non-rural assisted living
facilities (ALFs). Residents of rural ALFs tended to be
somewhat more impaired in physical functioning and
cognitive status, and on average, took slightly more
medications than their non-rural counterparts. Residents
in rural ALFs appeared somewhat more likely to have an
IPM and a DDI, a finding that, although not statistically
significant, is consistent with their higher likelihood
of taking more medications and their slightly lower
likelihood of being in a facility with a RN on staff.
Report available on request by contacting the Center.