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Prescribing in older people

Prescribing in older people

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Time to Complete

1 hour


June 12, 2017


September 12, 2018

Programme Description

Dr Heather Barry and colleagues consider appropriate prescribing in older people, including when to discontinue medications. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include managing non-adherence, and reducing medication burden.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Use a patient-centred approach to prescribing
  • Be aware of NICE guidelines on multimorbidity
  • Identify when a medication could be stopped or reduced
  • Manage non-adherence in older people
  • Readers' comments

    'Excellent understanding of the issues that patients face when it comes to medicines.’

    'This is a good way of learning.’

    ‘I will encourage my partners to do this Module.’


    Activity and test authors
    Dr Heather Barry, Dr Audrey Rankin and Dr Anna Millar
    Research fellows
    Primary Care Research Group
    Queen’s University Belfast


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credit (1 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required