Work Package 1 outcomes now published in Age and Ageing

Work Package 1 established what is important to measure when testing a new deprescribing intervention in hospital. Our study shows that all research trials looking at proactive deprescribing for older people in hospital should measure these six outcomes:

All future hospital deprescribing trials should report and collect these outcomes as a minimum.

Read about the six outcomes and how they were selected in our article published in Age and Ageing and in our Plain English Summary.

The Aural Apothecary Podcast. A light-hearted take on the world of medicines, pharmacy and healthcare in the UK from Jamie, Gimmo and Steve the Chemist.

Professor Debi Bhattacharya took part in a recent podcast with the Aural Apothecary team which included discussion of research into a behaviour change toolkit designed to reduce opioid prescribing and is now she is actively involved in a programme designed to implement this at a systems level

The chat with Debi included conversation about the challenges of implementing change at a systems level and the importance of behaviour change in clinicians as well as patients. Discussion about intentional non-adherence and the impact of this, as well as the importance of understanding why a patient might not take their medicines.

Debi also shares a Meaningful Medicine, a career anthem and book that has influenced her career!

Listen to the podcast episode here

The CHARMER Newsletter!

In this first annual newsletter, we will share the background to CHARMER and our aims over the next few years. We will also include highlights from our first 18 months, including:

  • Developing a hospital deprescribing ‘Core Outcome Set’ (COS), which is a list of things that people think are important to measure in a hospital deprescribing trial
  • Establishing a Primary Care Advisory Group to better understand the effects of proactive deprescribing in primary care

You can read it here.

Dr Sion Scott joined Bobbi and Mike Carlucci of the Rodger That Show to chat deprescribing and CHARMER. The Rodger That Show is a podcast led by skilled caregivers Bobbi and Mike Carducci. Weekly, they host thought leaders who bring their expertise in the complexities of eldercare, medical/financial planning and long-term caregiving to the show.

Sion, Bobbi and Mike discuss the risks and benefits of deprescribing medicines that older people with dementia may no longer need. Bobbi and Mike share stories and personal experiences of deprecribing and Sion talks about his research, CHARMER and his deprescrribing experience as a hospital pharmacist.

Listen to the podcast episode here.

CHARMER researcher Dr Sion Scott is guest editing the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice’s special issue on deprescribing. Within the special issue, Sion is looking to attract researchers working in the field of deprescribing and is particularly interested in articles generating evidence to support deprescribing becoming routine practice in healthcare settings. Original research papers and review articles are welcomed, deadline for manuscripts submissions is 1 June 2022.

Read more about the special issue here and in his associated Editorial.

National overprescribing review released today (22.09.2021) acknowledges that “Overprescribing is a complex issue, involving systems and culture as well as individuals, and tackling it needs a system-wide response, with clinicians and patients both receiving more support to ensure the NHS is getting prescribing right.” National Overprescribing Review Report

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