Drug utilisation in older populations: the Irish view on knowing right from wrong

Lisa G. Pont, Katja Taxis, Veronika Wirtz, Paul Gallagher, Stephen Byrne, Annie Fourrier-Reglat

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Background: High medication use, complex comorbidities and aged related physiological and functional changes put older populations at a high risk of medication- associated harm. In addition, changes in treatment goals from active life prolongation to symptom management towards the end of life contribute further to the complexity of pharmacoepidemiology and drug utilization studies among older populations. Quality and safety of medication use is an important aspect of drug utilization studies in older individuals. The need for a treatment and the consideration of under and over treatment has long been considered in assessments of appropriateness, however such assessment has trended to focus solely on the need for treatments in the context of the presence or absence of relevant conditions, and has not tended to take age into consideration.
Objectives: The aim of this workshop is to understand the challenges of conducting medication quality and safety drug utilization studies in older populations and to work on strategies for development of such studies.
Description: In this workshop, we involve leading experts Professors Paul Gallagher, and Stephen Byrne from the University of Cork, Ireland who have developed and implemented the STOPP START criteria for identification of potentially inappropriate medications in the elderly. They will present their views on
the challenges of assessing quality and safety of medication use among older populations. Following these presentations, participants will work in small groups of 5-10 through case based scenarios to better understand the challenges and complexity of conducting drug utilization studies around medication quality and safety among older populations. The groups will be facilitated by the panelists and at the end of theworkshop groups will feedback and discuss their views.
Program: Introduction and welcome –Dr A Fourrier-Reglat. Identifying potentially inappropriate medications among older persons-Dr P Gallagher. Changing the use if potentially inappropriate medications in practice-Dr S Byrne. Group work case studies: challenges on drug utilization research among older populations. Feedback from groups and concluding remarks- Dr L Pont.
Original languageEnglish
Article number77
Pages (from-to)49
Number of pages1
JournalPharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Issue numberSuppl. 3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
Event32nd International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 25 Aug 201628 Aug 2016


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