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Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.8
Total Rating(s)43
Publish Date13 May 2018
Review Date05 February 2020
Expiry Date13 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 include:

  • Incidence of medication use
  • Polypharmacy and principles of deprescribing
  • Barriers to deprescribing
  • Classes of medicines for deprescribing
  • Planning withdrawal

Target audience

Nurse practitioners and other health professionals who prescribe medications or are heavily involved in medication management.

Purpose

Confidently consider whether to continue, reduce or cease medications that are not effective or may no longer be appropriate for a particular person.

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.

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

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.

Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.8
Total Rating(s)43
Publish Date13 May 2018
Review Date05 February 2020
Expiry Date13 May 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Medication Safety
Medications
Aged Care
Clinical Assessment
Nurse Practitioners
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Learner Reviews

4.8

43 Total Rating(s)

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Melanie Dunstan
12 May 2019

This was easy to understand and relevant to my role as a nurse practitioner

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Ada Lim
12 May 2019

Goid topic

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Marian Galpin
12 May 2019

Interesting and informative.

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Carleen Watson
28 Apr 2019

Very well presented course, with a lot of relevant infomration.

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Emily Branson
26 Apr 2019

Overall interesting resource.

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Cheryl Carpenter
22 Apr 2019

very good

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Amanpreet Kaur
20 Apr 2019

This is relevant source of information

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Brydie Grossman
11 Feb 2019

Very informative

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Lisa Lising Reyes
16 Nov 2018

Excellent topic

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Beverly Salt
12 Aug 2018

The fuvdrde content of the course gave me food for thought. Polypharmacy is a common problem, and can lead to diagnosis of diabetes .By holdingprifessuinal discussions in the workplace ideas can be brought together, and deduced .