|Originally developed by:||Cork University Hospital|
|Country of origin:||Ireland|
|Year of development:||2008|
|Last updated:||No information available|
|Next update:||No information available|
|Available in the following languages:||English|
Type of tool: tool for reminding staff in the workplace
Approximately one in three older persons taking more than 4 medications (=polypharmacy) will experience an adverse drug reaction in the following year. Tools in polypharmacy are needed as practical guides for clinical practice or for the geriatric ward to solve the problem. STOPP comprises 65 indicators for potentially inappropriate prescribing including drug–drug and drug–disease interactions, therapeutic duplication and drugs that increase the risks of cognitive decline and falls.
Applicability (setting e.g. inpatient care, outpatient care, long term care etc.)
Inpatient care, outpatient care, long term care
Information on how the tool has been applied/tested in practice
We have started to use this tool in one of our hospitals as a part of a programme called ACADEMIA (assess, comprehensive geriatric assessment, adherence, development, emergence, minimization, interdisciplinarity, alertness) in order to improve medication lists of geriatric patients suffering from polypharmacy. In our opinion it is easy to handle and a useful tool for clinicans.
Needed resources (financial, material, human)
Time to use it, costs are negligible
Needed time for implementation
One month in a department
Strengths and limitations
Only one part in the puzzle of improving medication lists, to be successful in improving patient medication lists you have to put it in a conceptional framework like our programme ACADEMIA.