The project goal was to design, deliver and evaluate an educational intervention on medicines deprescribing.
The educational intervention was to provide registrars with skills to critically review older patients’ (patients aged 65 and older) medication regimens. The approach used will facilitate deprescribing of potentially inappropriate medications if, in the particular patient, they are more likely to cause harm than benefit.
GP registrars in Terms 1 and 2 of their general practice vocational training who consented to take part in the ReCEnT study were included in the project with GP Synergy being the educational intervention site, and Eastern Victoria General Practice Training and General Practice Training Tasmania being the control sites.
The project included delivery of an educational package delivered to GP Synergy registrars and included a 60-minute face-to-face educational session (based upon an established deprescribing methodology) during routinely-scheduled educational workshops, supported by an online module (designed to be viewed pre-workshop) and postworkshop provision of supporting resources. This was evaluated employing a non-equivalent control group design, nested within the ongoing ReCEnT cohort study. Comparison of GP Synergy registrars’ change in deprescribing pre- to post-education was made with that of the other ReCEnT RTOs – Eastern Victoria General Practice Training and General Practice Training Tasmania.
The project was a collaboration with investigators from University of Queensland.