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By Dr Neil Houston Tuesday. Jan 8, 2019

Medication Safety in Primary Care with Dr Neil Houston


Did you know?

Medications prescribed, dispensed and monitored in Primary Care can cause harm to patients, accounting for approximately 6% of hospital admissions. A few groups of drugs cause the majority of these admissions. Rather than being the very high-risk drugs prescribed to a small group of people, the drugs implicated tend to be of moderate risk, but prescribed to large numbers of patients and associated with polypharmacy and the elderly.

Patients are often at most risk of harm when changes occur in their medication. This risk is compounded when patients move between different care settings as medication errors commonly occur at transfers of care.

How then can we reduce harm from medication in Primary Care?

Fortunately, a lot of work has taken place in Scotland, and subsequently New Zealand, to test and spread QI approaches to making care safer. This work took place in over 1,000 GP Practices and is set to involve a similar number of Community Pharmacies in 2019. It has led to GPs and Pharmacists working together more closely as they focus on developing more reliable systems to protect patients, specifically in areas of medication reconciliation, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, DMARDS and opioids.


Find out more.


To learn more about this topic then join Dr Neil Houston for the free ISQua live webinar "Medication Safety in Primary Care" on 16th January 2019 at 12:00 GMT. This webinar will cover the areas in which medication-related harm can occur within primary care. It will also highlight important improvement work that has taken place to make medicines safer in primary care, and a system-wide approach to medication reconciliation. It will conclude by discussing good medicines management in GP Practices and Community Pharmacies to minimise harm.


About the Presenter

Dr Neil Houston was a GP Principal in Dollar, Scotland. He was a Scottish Patient Safety Programme Fellow and the National GP Clinical Lead for the Scottish Patient Safety Programme in Primary Care with Healthcare Improvement Scotland which spread to over 1000 GP practices. He has recently developed and implemented a patient safety programme in Auckland New Zealand for GPs and Community Pharmacy with a specific focus on Safer Medicines.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this webinar is Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Managers, Administrators whose health system includes an outpatient pharmacy, GPs, Practice Managers and other prescribers in Primary Care.


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