CHARMER is an England-wide research project that aims to help address overprescribing in the NHS

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CHARMER is a five year (2020-2025) England-wide research project to develop and test an approach to increasing discussions with older hospital patients (over the age of 65) about stopping medicines that are no longer useful and could be harmful. This is called proactive deprescribing.

This is important since as we get older, our bodies are less able to handle some medicines. Medicines that were once effective and safe may no longer work as well but could still cause side effects. Our research shows that most older people want their medicines reviewed while in hospital.

We have researched the reasons why a medicine review like this doesn’t always happen and designed an approach to support hospital doctors and pharmacists to increase discussions with older patients about stopping medicines that are no longer useful and could be harmful.

We are now trialling the CHARMER approach in a number of hospitals to see how well it works.

Outstanding Pharmacy Early-Career Researcher Award (OPERA) 2024

CHARMER co-investigator Dr Sion Scott was awarded the Outstanding Pharmacy Early-Career Researcher Award (OPERA) 2024 from the Pharmaceutical Journal and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

The award recognises a number of achievements, including CHARMER being developed during his PhD.

Read more about the award in our press release here.

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Funding Acknowledgement

This project is funded by the NIHR PGfAR. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.