Table 1

 Characteristics of study population (n = 60)

Mean (SD) age (years)56 (24)
% women (n)50% (30)
Mean (SD) no of prescription medications per patient at admission3.6 (3.5)
Admitting service, % (n)
    Surgery33% (20)
    Medicine33% (20)
    ICU/CCU14% (8)
    Other20% (12)
Unplanned admission, % (n)78% (47)
Mean (SD) length of stay (days)6.9 (6.8)