The Health Foundation have released a film illustrating the importance of shared decision making with respect to the use of medicines with older care home residents.
It tells the story of how the wellbeing of older care home residents is enhanced by making sure they are only prescribed the medicine they really need, and the positive impact this has had on the people who work on the project too.
Northumbria NHS Trust’s medication review has brought together care home residents, their families and health professionals to ensure residents are getting the right mix of medicines.
This approach has increased the quality of life for residents, reduced unwanted side effects as well as cutting down on the time and money wasted from unnecessary prescribing.
You can watch the film and read more about the project here.