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Table 1 Breakdown of polypharmacy definitions according to the category of definition

From: What is polypharmacy? A systematic review of definitions

Term Numerical only Numerical in a given duration of time or setting Descriptive Total number of definitions
Polypharmacy 81 9 9 99
Minor Polypharmacy 8 0 0 8
Moderate polypharmacy 1 0 0 1
Major polypharmacy 11 1 0 12
Hyperpolypharmacy 1 1 0 2
Excessive polypharmacy 8 2 0 10
Severe polypharmacy 1 0 0 1
Persistent polypharmacy 0 1 0 1
Chronic polypharmacy 0 1 0 1
Appropriate polypharmacy 0 0 1 1
Rational polypharmacy and indiscriminate prescribing 0 0 1 1
Pseudopolypharmacy 0 0 1 1
Total number of definitions according to category of definition 111 15 12 138