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March 3, 2016

The Right Medicine: Improving Care in Care Homes.

Region: Europe Other Reorienting the model of care, Coordinating services within and across sectors Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society

The increase of polypharmacy together with the population aging is making care homes a central point to develop health care programmes, specially related to medicines management and integration of different health care proffessionals.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has recently published a report addressing the main issues of medicine use in care homes. The needs identified by the authors include developing better communication systems, reducing falls in care homes, decreasing inappropriate use of psychotropic medicines, improving coordinated end of life care and lowering waste of medicines at home.

The report includes some recommendations such as giving pharmacists a major role in care homes medicine management, strengthening coordination between physicians and pharmacists or developing programmes of regular medicines review and staff training in integrated teams with other practitioners.