Polypharmacy is an ongoing challenge for the NHS, particularly affecting older people. Wessex Academic Health Science Network, on behalf of the AHSN Network, led work to develop the NHS Business Services Authority Polypharmacy Prescribing Comparators. These help clinical commissioning groups and GP practices understand variation in prescribing of multiple medicines and enable identification of patients most exposed to the risks of polypharmacy.
The Comparators are now a nationally available data tool, and data shows that if used to full effect, they can help CCGs and GP practices to reduce the rate of polypharmacy in patients at greatest risk.
Read the detailed case study of Wessex Academic Health Science Network's project.