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163341 - Dementia medication review and management in primary care

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To improve the confidence and skills of GPs in Brisbane North Primary Health Network region in the pharmacological management of dementia and responsive behaviours, and the principles of deprescribing in people living with dementia to address polypharmacy.

Relevance to General Practice

There is an increasingly ageing population in Australia. Within the Brisbane North region there is a higher number of aged care places compared to the national average. Nearly one in ten Australians over the age of 65 years have dementia according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Medications can play a role in managing dementia, and in the management of responsive behaviours. 

In Australia, one quarter of community-living people over 65 years of age are hospitalised for medication-related problems over a 5-year period and approximately 15% patients over the age of 65 years attending a general practice reported an adverse drug event in the previous 6 months. 

Polypharmacy (= 5 medications) and hyper-polypharmacy (= 10 medications) are an increasing problem, with care GPs can safely deprescribe medications.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify the indications for pharmacological management of dementia
  • Recognise the limited use of medications in the management of responsive behaviours
  • Recognise the impact of polypharmacy on patients living with dementia
  • Identify patients living with dementia who would benefit from medication management reviews
  • Plan and initiate a withdrawal trial considering medicines that should be ceased slowly
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    163341 - Dementia medication review and management in primary care
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