toolkit has been developed by Leeds researchers
to ensure the four million people in the UK
who take one or more prescribed medicines
are receiving the right ones.
Four out of five people over the age of seventy-five
are on more than one medicine and making sure
they are getting the best combination of medication
can be a complicated task. The Room
for review scheme provides healthcare
professionals with a guide to conducting medication
reviews. Launched by health minister David
Lammy, the guide includes a toolkit developed
by Professor Theo Raynor and his team in the
school of healthcare studies. The toolkit
is free and available through www.medicines-partnership.org.
It includes a medication schedule, so patients
can track what medication theyve taken
each day, and warnings on problem drug combinations.
The toolkit is founded on over five years
research by the Leeds team into medication
review with significant input from GP and
visiting research fellow Dr Arnold Zermansky.
Dr Zermansky said: This started years
ago when I was a medical adviser to the health
authority. We examined practice data and how
different GPs were in their prescribing behaviour.
The launch is particularly exciting for me
what started as an observation has
become an accepted truth. It has huge implications
for how pharmacists will work in the future.
Clinical pharmacist Duncan Petty undertook
medication reviews for trials of the toolkit.
One patient participating in the trial said:
It was nice to sit with someone that
you could talk to ... it was brilliant just
to be able to ask him anything you wanted