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 are 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 includes a pragmatic trial employing non-equivalent control group design, nested within an ongoing cohort study (ReCEnT). Intervention group registrars (and supervisors) will receive a 60 minute face-to-face educational session (based upon an established deprescribing methodology) during routinely-scheduled educational workshops, supported by an on-line module (designed to be viewed pre-workshop) and postworkshop provision of supporting resources. Control group registrars and supervisors will receive usual educational activities.
Semi-structured interviews based on a theoretical framework of thematic analysis will enable the exploration of registrars’ and supervisors’ responses to the intervention and the iteration of future deprescribing interventions.
The project is a collaboration with investigators from University of Queensland.