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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

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Doing safety in a community pharmacy

Deborah and I have been on our travels again, this time to Manchester to attend the Prescribing and Research in Medicines Management (PRIMM) annual conference. The theme of this year’s meeting was ‘Medication without Harm – WHO is Responsible’. The conference centred on the WHO’s 3rd Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication without Harm, with the global goal of reducing severe, avoidable medication-related harm by 50% by 2022. The goal focuses on three key action areas: polypharmacy, high-risk situations and transitions of care.

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Two fantastic PhD opportunities

We are currently advertising two PhD Studentships which link to and extend our current work on polypharmacy (co-prescription of five or more medicines) and multimorbidity (presence of two or more ongoing medical conditions). One takes a socio-historical approach to investigating the phenomenon, the other focuses on polypharmacy in working age adults.

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