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.
In this quality improvement report the authors from St George's NHS Trust outline their approach to standardise insulin prescribing to improve safety in hospitals.
Good Practice Case Study. Angus’ multidisciplinary medication review service for older people - NHS Tayside
This case study illustrates an example of innovative practice to improve medication safety in older people. The team from Tayside in Scotland introduced a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to medication review, which led to a reduction in polypharmacy, improved patient understanding of treatment, and prescribing cost savings.
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.