Congratulations to chief investigator Professor Parker Magin, our Research and Evaluations Team and their collaborators who have had a paper published in The International Journal of Clinical Practice!
Magin P, Quain D, Tapley A, van Driel M, Davey A, Holliday E, Ball J, Kaniah A, Turner R, Spike N, FitzGerald K, and Hilmer S. Deprescribing in older patients by early- career general practitioners: Prevalence and associations. Int J Clin Pract. 2021;00:e14325. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcp.14325
The aim of the study was to establish the prevalence and explore associations of deprescribing of inappropriate medicines by GP registrars. Deprescribing is the health-professional-supervised process of withdrawal of an inappropriate medication to manage polypharmacy and improve patient outcomes. Given the harms of polypharmacy and associated inappropriate medicines, practitioners, especially GPs, are encouraged to take a proactive role in deprescribing in older patients. While trial evidence for benefits of deprescribing is accumulating, there is currently little epidemiologic evidence of clinicians’ (including GPs’) deprescribing behaviours.
The paper drew data from the ReCEnT study of GP registrars’ in-consultation experience. Analyses used data from 2016 to 2018, 1113 registrars contributed 1813 individual rounds of data collection with 19 581 consultations with patients 65 years or older.
If you would like to access the paper, or have any questions about the study, please contact Parker Magin.