Medicines in older people clinical audit receives accreditation

NPS MedicineWise's clinical e-audit on medicines-related problems in older people has received accreditation for CPD points for participating GPs.

The 'Medicines in older people: review and rationalise' audit is recognised for the quality prescribing incentive of the Practice Incentive Program (PIP).

GPs can also earn 40 QI&CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or 30 PRPD points from the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine for completing the activity.

Available online, the clinical audit allows GPs to review current practice against best practice guidelines, receive individualised feedback, create plans for ongoing patient management and compare results with those of peers.

NPS MedicineWise clinical advisor Philippa Binns said the activity supports GPs to systematically review medicines use in older patients in light of their health status, vulnerabilities and unique treatment goals.

“Medicines are an essential component of care in older people but as we age, medicines use can become a double-edged sword,” Dr Binns said.

“Around one in three unplanned hospital admissions involving older Australians are due to problems with medicines and half of these could have been prevented. This reflects the challenges inherent in managing a number of co-morbidities and increasingly complex medicines regimens in older patients.”

The audit also highlights the risks associated with certain medicines for older people and encourages doctors to consider the benefits of non-pharmacological therapies.

To be eligible, patients must be aged 75 years or older using five or more medicines and prescribed at least one of the following: an antipsychotic medicine for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia; a benzodiazepine for insomnia; or an opioid for chronic non-cancer pain.

After completing the audit, NPS says participants will be able to consider risk factors that may contribute to medicines-related problems; consider the need for ongoing therapy; and know how to recognise and avoid a prescribing cascade.

The clinical audit is open for registration at the NPS website.

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