Solutions to problematic polypharmacy: learning from the expertise of patients
British Journal of General Practice
Royal College of General Practitioners
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A lively debate in the final plenary at last year’s Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Annual Primary Care Conference considered the provocation: ‘My Doctor Makes Me Sick — what can we do about it?’. The event was run by the Heseltine Institute for Public Policy & Practice at Liverpool University, in conjunction with Mersey Faculty and the RCGP. It followed on from a public debate ‘My doctor makes me sick’ held in Liverpool at the opening of the conference. The audience were invited to propose solutions to current concerns about overmedicalisation, treatment burden, and over- and under-diagnosis. Two of the final eight proposals related to reducing prescribing. GPs called for incentives not to use medicines and for deprescribing; both seen as necessary to support the individually-tailored care that GPs and patients1 seek. But GPs have described needing help in tailoring prescribing to individual needs, particularly when individual needs may appear to be at odds with the ‘ideal’ described by guidelines for best practice.2 So how can we help professionals and patients tackle a problem of perceived overprescribing and problematic polypharmacy?
Joanne Reeve is funded by an NIHR Clinician Scientist Award (reference NIHR/CS/009/013) to develop a body of work on Generalist Solutions to Complex Problems. Nicky Britten, Richard Byng and Jim Harris’s work is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.
Vol. 65 (635), pp. 319 - 320
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