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Polypharmacy at a registered aged care facility


Sudhakaran, A and Davis, Katherine and Selvarajan, S and Buckner, E and Chintapalli, N and Reardon, Gabby and Cheek, CG and Shires, L and Ramsay, R and Allen, P, Polypharmacy at a registered aged care facility, Papers from the RACGP #GP17 Conference 2017, 26-28 October 2017, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Polypharmacy in the elderly increases the risk of adverse events such as behavioural changes, delirium, falls and organ damage. The national prescription rate of antipscyhoticsfor people over 65 yrsis 27%. Appropriate prescribing practice by GPs is essential in reducing risk.

The University of Tasmania Teaching in Residential Aged Care (TRAC) was established in 2013, where medical students in their final clinical year complete clinical placements in Aged Care. With significant teaching around best practice use of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines we anticipated reduced use by the residents' primary care practitioners and more regular review.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:aged care
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Sudhakaran, A (Ms Aishwarya Sudhakaran)
UTAS Author:Davis, Katherine (Ms Katherine Davis)
UTAS Author:Selvarajan, S (Ms Shiva Selvarajan)
UTAS Author:Buckner, E (Miss Emma Buckner)
UTAS Author:Chintapalli, N (Mr Nishant Chintapalli)
UTAS Author:Reardon, Gabby (Miss Gabby Reardon)
UTAS Author:Cheek, CG (Dr Colleen Cheek)
UTAS Author:Shires, L (Professor Lizzi Shires)
UTAS Author:Ramsay, R (Dr Rosemary Ramsay)
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
ID Code:123873
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2018-01-31
Last Modified:2019-09-09

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