Study finds over 10% of Australian aged care facility residents have gout

Historically known as “the king of diseases and the disease of kings”, gout is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis. PCHSS investigators Andrew Georgiou, Johanna Westbrook and colleagues profiled the health status and demographics of residents of aged care facilities with gout in their paper released on 21 August 2019 in the Australasian Journal on Ageing....
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Health system sustainability research gets $12.4 Million funding boost

More than $12 million in new grant funding has been awarded to NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability (PCHSS) investigators to further their work to improve the performance of the Australian health system, including in the field of children’s cancer, lower back pain and waste in healthcare. PCHSS Chief Investigator Professor Braithwaite said, “These...
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Aged care residents kept on antipsychotics for too long

New research by PCHSS investigators reveals the extent of misuse of antipsychotic drugs in aged care facilities. Read the journal article (Duration of Antipsychotic Medication Use by Aged Care Facility Residents With Dementia. Lind KE, Raban MZ, Georgiou A, Westbrook JI) and some of the popular press about this research: Aged care residents turned into ‘zombies’ on antipsychotics...
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Glaring risks in meds records, prescribing

“GPs may be making medication decisions based on records with an average of 10 discrepancies per person compared to facility records… but where are the pharmacists? There is a need for better systems and greater coordination between pharmacists, GPs and nurses to improve medication safety, an expert in health systems and patient safety has told...
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Dementia medication ‘underused’ in aged care facilities

Interview with Dr Kim Lind about her research on antidementia use in residential aged care. Her study shows that Australians with dementia in residential aged care facilities are underutilising these potentially beneficial medications. This is an important issue which deserves some attention from practitioners (who could be offering residents the opportunity to trial these medications)...
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