The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has release guidance which helps health and care professionals to assist patients with their medicines to improve outcomes and avoid waste.
The “Medicines Optimisation: Helping Patients Make the Most of Medicines” document offers four guiding principles to help front-line professionals in England support patients with better use of medicines. These four principles of medicines optimisation are:
- Principle 1: Consider the patient’s experience.
- Principle 2: Evidence-based choice of medicines.
- Principle 3: Ensure medicines use is as safe as possible.
- Principle 4: Embed medicines optimisation into routine practice.
Medicines optimisation: helping patients to make the most of medicines. Good practice guidance for healthcare professionals in England. London: Royal Pharmaceutical Society, May 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].