This document, produced by Aneurin Bevan Health Board, outlines a review process for patients on 10 or more medications. It includes the NO TEARS tool to aid medication review and includes locally developed review processes.
The National Care Forum is an organisation that aims to support and promote high quality care in not-for profit care facilities. They have put together a number of free resources to help with medication safety, including practical tools and guides for use by patients, staff and employers.
Safety of medicines in the care home was a cross-sector partnership project, funded by the Department of Health, which aimed to improve the medicines pathway for residents in care homes.
This improvement report documents the development of a medication review tool, based on the evidence based “STOPP” (screening tool of older persons’ potentially inappropriate prescriptions) for routine use with elderly patiens across all sections of care.
This paper defines our current understanding of appropriate prescribing and outlines the potential hazards of over-prescribing for older people, while acknowledging the benefits of modern pharmacological treatment.
This Institute for Healthcare Improvement article uses the case of an older patient taking multiple medications to summarise the evidence-based literature about improving medication use and withdrawing specific drugs and drug classes