PainRelief.com Interview with:
Andrew W Bergen, PhD
Oregon Research Institute
Eugene, OR 97403
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: The background to the study is examination of the incident frailty risks of two classes of prescription drugs commonly co-prescribed in response to pain and sleep indications.
The dataset consisted of N=7,201 non-frail, age 65+, community-living individuals from the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative longitudinal cohort interviewed every two years.
The drug exposure measures are based on responses to the two questions: “Do you regularly take prescription medications for any of the following common health problems:
For pain in your joints or muscles?” and “Do you regularly take prescription medications for any of the following common health problems: To help you sleep?”.
The outcome measure was the Burden Model of frailty using the conventional threshold of >0.2 for frailty.Continue reading