WHO Medication without harm webinar series: Medication Safety in Polypharmacy
Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in health care systems across the world. WHO Patient Safety Flagship has initiated a series of monthly webinars on the topic of “WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm”,. The main objective of the webinar series is support implementation of this WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm at the country level. Considering the huge burden of medication-related harm, Medication Safety has also been selected as the theme for World Patient Safety Day 2022.
Ensuring medication safety in polypharmacy is one of the critical challenges in medication safety. Inappropriate polypharmacy has been described as a significant public health challenge, as it increases the likelihood of adverse effects, considerably impacting health outcomes and expenditure on health care resources.
Countries need to prioritize raising awareness of the problems associated with inappropriate polypharmacy and the need to address this issue. All stakeholders have a vital role in driving change for the management of polypharmacy.
At this webinar, we will introduce the WHO technical report on “Medication Safety in Polypharmacy”, and experiences from different countries and organizations will be shared on the proper management of polypharmacy and the factors that influence appropriate polypharmacy.
The session will be available in English, French and Spanish.