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Tools to sustainably address inappropriate polypharmacy in routine care

Northern Sydney Local Health District

  • Translational Research Grants Scheme
Date Funded:
  • 31 August, 2016
Chief Investigator/s:
  • Professor Sarah Hilmer

This study aims to determine the extent and potential impact of inappropriate polypharmacy (use of harmful or unnecessary medicines) in older inpatients with and without dementia; – and to develop tools to sustainably address inappropriate polypharmacy in routine care.

The study project will aim to establish a procedure to monitor and intervene on clinical variation in management of inappropriate polypharmacy between people with and without dementia, and those accessing different health services. The study collaborators will build on local existing pilot projects to design and pilot a sustainable multifactorial intervention for integrated pharmaceutical care.

This project tackles many of the knowledge and systems barriers, creating a sustainable intervention within existing resources supported by existing quality frameworks and policy.

Collaborators: Northern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney Local Health District, Royal North Shore Hospital, Ryde Hospital, Hornsby Hospital, Concord Hospital, Canterbury Hospital, Balmain Hospital, NSW TAG, Agency for Clinical Innovation, Clinical Excellence Commission, Health Education Training Institute, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, Alzheimer’s Australia, Sydney North Health Network, eHealth NSW, Sydney Health Partners