Ageing affects the body’s drug handling processes resulting in the risk of harm from medicines potentially outweighing the benefits.
Half of patients are prescribed at least one medicine where the harms outweigh the benefits.
Only a fraction of these patients have the inappropriate medicine(s) stopped in hospital. Nine out of ten patients and carers believe that risky medicines should be stopped in hospital and that doctors should start the discussion.
We aim to develop and test an approach to support geriatricians and pharmacists to stop medicines in the hospital setting before they cause harm.