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Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.8
Total Rating(s)57
First Published
Updated19 June 2018
Expires 13 May 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

It is well known that polypharmacy has the potential to result in adverse events for patients. Therefore, the prescribing process must not only include a review, but also the cessation of medicines.

This Course looks at polypharmacy and deprescribing.

Topics
  • How common is polypharmacy?
  • Polypharmacy and the principles of deprescribing
  • Barriers to deprescribing
  • Classes of medicines for deprescribing
  • Planning and managing the withdrawal of medicines
Need

It is well known that polypharmacy has the potential to result in adverse events for patients. Therefore, the prescribing process must not only include a review, but also the cessation of medicines.

Cessation of medications may be a particularly appropriate action in certain clinical situations amongst older adults.

There is a need for education on how to safely and appropriately review a patient’s medication regime, and cease unnecessary medicines, as this can lead to an improved quality of life for patients.

Purpose

The purpose of this Course is to enable learners to confidently consider whether to continue, reduce or cease medications that are not effective or may no longer be appropriate for a particular person.

Learning Outcomes
  • Correlate the challenges of an ageing population with medication use and polypharmacy
  • Explain to the patient or their carer the rationale for deprescribing medicines as indicated
  • Critically evaluate medicines that are at higher risk of causing older adults to experience medication-related problems
  • Plan and initiate a withdrawal trial taking into account medicines that should be ceased slowly
Target Audience

This Course is most relevant to nurse practitioners and other health professionals who prescribe medications or are heavily involved in medication management.

Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Educator

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Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a clinical associate of RMIT University. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines – Respiratory version 5, an editorial board member of AUS-DI, SHPA "Don’t Rush to Crush", the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH) and the writing group for the RACGP ‘Medical Care of older persons in RACF’ (Silver book). Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist who conducts her own company, which focuses on medication reviews in the home and aged care facilities, plus education, writing, training and consultation. Jenny works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a community health centre. She has published over 400 educational articles. Jenny has presented talks at many Australian and international conferences to GPs, nurse practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, pharmacists, and other health professionals. In 2013, she was awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and, in 2016, the AACP-MIMs Australian Consultant Pharmacist of the Year. See Educator Profile

Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.8
Total Rating(s)57
First Published
Updated19 June 2018
Expires 13 May 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topics
Medication Safety
Medications
Aged Care
Clinical Assessment
Nurse Practitioners
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

4.8
57 Total Rating(s)
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Francesco Riolo
06 Nov 2019

Excellent

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Miriam Kidd
03 Oct 2019

I found this teaching to be clear and easy to understand. It is a great starring point to further look at this area in healthcare as it has become the thing to do, that is pop a pill is easier than investigating the cause and making rwal changes possibly to lifestyle before it becomes a chronic condition.

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peta O'Meagher
13 Aug 2019

fabulous

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Nelin Volmer
27 Jun 2019

Very interesting topic, informative/vital information provided which is important to improve patients outcomes.

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Cornelius Hickey
26 Jun 2019

Informative and relevant.

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Rebecca Seymour
31 May 2019

Involved and important aspect of care needs in patirnts

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Katie Rezuk
30 May 2019

Good

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Yawen Shao
29 May 2019

Informative, clear to be understood.

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Karla Smith
29 May 2019

i learned just how important deprescribing is for at risk patients

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Karla Smith
29 May 2019

i learned just how important deprescribing is for at risk patients