Polypharmacy and medicines optimisation: Making it safe and sound – The King’s Fund – 28 November 2013

Posted on December 2, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Pharmacy |

Polypharmacy and medicines optimisation: Making it safe and sound – The King’s Fund – 28 November 2013

“Polypharmacy – the concurrent use of multiple medications by one individual – is an increasingly common phenomenon that demands attention at clinical policy and practice level. Driven by the growth of an ageing population and the rising prevalence of multi-morbidity, polypharmacy has previously been considered something to avoid. It is now recognised as having both positive and negative potential, depending on how medicines and care are managed.

This report proposes a pragmatic approach, offering the terms ‘appropriate’ and ‘problematic’ polypharmacy to help define when polypharmacy can be beneficial. Drawing on literature from predominantly Western countries, the report traces the occurrence of polypharmacy in primary and secondary care, and in care homes. It explores systems for managing polypharmacy and considers it in the context of multi-morbidity and older people, offering recommendations for improving care in both cases.”

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