A review of potentially inappropriate prescribing in over 65’s in Livinghealth clinic

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/558610
Title:
A review of potentially inappropriate prescribing in over 65’s in Livinghealth clinic
Authors:
Sweeney, J; Laoire, F; Linehan, G; Herlihy, D
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Jun-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/558610
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Polypharmacy and potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) are areas of growing importance and concern. Optimising drug prescribing in older people is challenging and complex at the individual GP level. At a national level it is an important public health issue for the care and management of the ageing Irish population. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of PIP in Livinghealth Clinic using the STOPP (Screening Tool for Older Personsâ Prescribing) criteria and to identify areas of PIP. LHC audits demonstrated PIP levels of between 16% and 29%. Our findings were similar to other studies in that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) at maximum therapeutic dosage for >8 weeks, and long acting benzodiazepines prescribed for >1 month, continue to be significant areas of PIP. However, not all identified PIP maybe inappropriate. The STOPP criteria are a useful screening tool for older personsâ prescribing, but are best used together with clinical assessment and discretion.
Keywords:
PRESCRIBING; OLDER PEOPLE; PRIMARY CARE
Local subject classification:
POLYPHARMACY

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSweeney, Jen
dc.contributor.authorLaoire, Fen
dc.contributor.authorLinehan, Gen
dc.contributor.authorHerlihy, Den
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-29T13:53:59Zen
dc.date.available2015-06-29T13:53:59Zen
dc.date.issued2015-06en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/558610en
dc.descriptionPolypharmacy and potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) are areas of growing importance and concern. Optimising drug prescribing in older people is challenging and complex at the individual GP level. At a national level it is an important public health issue for the care and management of the ageing Irish population. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of PIP in Livinghealth Clinic using the STOPP (Screening Tool for Older Personsâ Prescribing) criteria and to identify areas of PIP. LHC audits demonstrated PIP levels of between 16% and 29%. Our findings were similar to other studies in that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) at maximum therapeutic dosage for >8 weeks, and long acting benzodiazepines prescribed for >1 month, continue to be significant areas of PIP. However, not all identified PIP maybe inappropriate. The STOPP criteria are a useful screening tool for older personsâ prescribing, but are best used together with clinical assessment and discretion.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectPRESCRIBINGen
dc.subjectOLDER PEOPLEen
dc.subjectPRIMARY CAREen
dc.subject.otherPOLYPHARMACYen
dc.titleA review of potentially inappropriate prescribing in over 65’s in Livinghealth clinicen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
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