Hospital pharmacists’ beliefs about optimising statin therapy in older inpatients

Angela Wu, Emily Reeve, Sarah Hilmer, Danijela Gnjidic

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This study explored hospital pharmacists’ perspectives about optimising statin therapy in older inpatients in Australia. An anonymous questionnaire using standardised questions in the form of five-point Likert scales to capture pharmacists’ attitudes toward their role in statin optimisation, compliance of statin therapy with existing guidelines, knowledge of statin-related side effects and clinical recommendations such as starting and ceasing or deprescribing therapy, was administered. A total of 108 hospital pharmacists across Australia completed the questionnaire. Over 90% of hospital pharmacists agreed that they had an important role in managing statin therapy in older inpatients (95% CI: 90.5-98.8%). Less than 40% agreed that statin therapy in older adults was prescribed in accordance with Australian clinical guidelines (95% CI: 27.4-47.6%), and over 90% agreed that there was a need for statin deprescribing guidelines for older adults (95% CI: 85.7-97.6%). Hospital pharmacists believe that they have an important role in optimising statin therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-227
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice and Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Deprescribing
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Older adults
  • Statins

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