Residential medication management reviews in Australian residential aged care facilities

Janet K. Sluggett, J. Simon Bell, Catherine Lang, Megan Corlis, Craig Whitehead, Steven L. Wesselingh, Maria C. Inacio

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Abstract

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has highlighted the high rates of polypharmacy and potential medication-related harm in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) in Australia.1 Residential medication management review (RMMR) is a government-funded service for facilitating quality use of medicines in RACFs.2 Previous studies have found that RMMRs by accredited pharmacists and general practitioners identify a mean of 2.7–3.9 medication-related problems per resident, and 45–84% of pharmacists’ recommendations were accepted by GPs.3 Guidelines recommend that residents should generally receive an RMMR on entering an RACF and when their clinical circumstances change,4 but annual claims data5, 6 and recent research indicate that not all residents receive RMMRs.7
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-433
Number of pages2
JournalThe Medical Journal of Australia
Volume214
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Delivery of healthcare
  • Geriatrics
  • Health services for the aged
  • Health services research
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacy

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