Journal article

Development of an intervention to improve appropriate polypharmacy in older people in primary care using a theory-based method

Cathal A Cadogan, Cristin Ryan, Jill J Francis, Gerard J Gormley, Peter Passmore, Ngaire Kerse, Carmel M Hughes

BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: It is advocated that interventions to improve clinical practice should be developed using a systematic approach and intervention development methods should be reported. However, previous interventions aimed at ensuring that older people receive appropriate polypharmacy have lacked details on their development. This study formed part of a multiphase research project which aimed to develop an intervention to improve appropriate polypharmacy in older people in primary care. METHODS: The target behaviours for the intervention were prescribing and dispensing of appropriate polypharmacy to older patients by general practitioners (GPs) and community pharmacists. Intervention development..

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