NIHR CLAHRC for Northwest London launched a medication passport for patients this week. The passport is a written record of a patient’s medicines. It is designed to improve communication between patients, carers and healthcare professionals and maintain a record of changes made to the patient’s medication. The passport aims are to help patients/carers have a complete record of their medicines as well as an understanding of the reasons for any changes being made to their medicines. It’s designed to empower patients/carers to take control of their medication and help seamless transfer of medication information across healthcare interfaces.
Features of the medication passport include:
- Relevant information about the patient and his/her GP
- List of medicines that the patient cannot take and the reasons why
- Compliance aids in use
- List of the patient’s current medicines
- List of changes to medicines
Passports are available as a booklet and as an app for iPhone or Android phones.The passport has been given to over 5000 patients across Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust with excellent feedback. The plan is now to make the passport available across the wider area of North West London and then potentially further afield. As the passports become more widely available, a number of research projects are planned to beginning to explore how the passports are being used and the resulting impact they have both on patients / carers, health professionals and the wider health community.
My Medication Passport is part of the wider Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Improving Prescribing for the Elderly (ImPE) project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Northwest London. The main aim of the project was to develop a medication review system based on the evidence based tool called “STOPP” (Screening Tool of Older Persons potentially inappropriate Prescriptions) in order to identify and stop medications which are causing harm in the elderly. As part of the Patient Public Involvement (PPI) work stream of the project, the idea of a “Medication” Passport was generated by patients in September 2010.