Special Issue "Optimising Medicines in Care Homes"
A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2020).
Interests: prescribing and deprescribing in frailty and older people, living in care homes and their own homes; integrating services across the health and care system; quality improvement and using QI to make care better and safer
Interests: prescribing and medicines optimisation in elderly care; medicines use in care homes; end-of-life care, dementia and anticholinergic burden in the elderly; pharmacy as part of integrated primary care teams; skill mix in general practice; education and development of pharmacy professionals
The scope of this Special Edition is to share learning on how Pharmacy teams are improving medicines optimisation in care homes. A number of reports (e.g. CHUMS) have highlighted the suboptimal prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines in care homes. In the UK, we have seen many advances in medicines optimisation in care homes. Following on from the Care Home Vanguards, NHS England launched a medicines optimisation in care homes programme to share and spread learning across England. In Scotland the Realistic Medicines agenda and Polypharmacy Guidance is supporting medicines optimisation in care homes. Wales and Northern Ireland too, have initiatives supporting care homes and their residents. With so much going on in this field, now is the time start sharing innovative and best practice.
We encourage teams working in care home settings to present your research, reviews and quality improvement work. We are particularly interested in work related to quality improvement methods to develop clinical services, outcomes data, integrated working, shared decision making with residents, the role of the multidisciplinary team, skill mix (including the role of the pharmacy technician) and deprescribing. We hope that your work will help support clinical teams to develop their services.
Dr. Wasim Baqir
Dr. Graham Stretch
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- Medicines Optimisation
- Shared Decision Making
- Care Homes
- Pharmacy Skill Mix in Care Homes