This discussion paper and vision statement calls for a single pharmacist & GP practice for each care home describing the context of major medication safety challenges in care homes.
Studies report a reduction in inappropriate polypharmacy, errors, and cost achieved by pharmacist input in care homes. In addition, a pharmacist can identify gaps and lead on targeted actions in key therapeutic areas to support the provision of high quality care and safety for care home residents.
Care homes' use of medicines study: prevalence, causes and potential harm of medication errors in care homes for older people
This important, large study of care home residents identified a high incidence of medication errors in care home residents and explores underlying reasons and potential solutions for these.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a number of surveys to help healthcare professionals assess patient safety. Although primarily developed for a US audience AHRQ is actively looking for feedback from international users.
Improving medication safety for people in care homes: thoughts and experiences from carers and relatives
This report from the Health Foundation collects together the testimony given by family and carers of people living in a care home, specifically around issues of medication safety.