Medicine of the Older Person - Challenging polypharmacy

The numbers of people simultaneously prescribed 10 or more medications has almost quadrupled in the last decade. This is fuelled by a ‘perfect storm’ of an ever-ageing population, growing multi-morbidity, the increasing super-specialisation of medicine, a proliferation of single-disease-centric guidelines, publication bias and profit-driven marketing of new therapeutic agents. In contrast, there is remarkably little guidance on how and when medications can safely be stopped. Older people are much more likely to experience polypharmacy, but there are still numerous reports of unjustified under-treatment of common conditions in old age, such as depression or pain. What is a prescriber to do?

This symposium will provide much needed balance and advice on prescribing and therapeutics in common conditions of old age. It will explore the state of the art in medical optimisation, non-drug therapies and common therapeutic challenges in the care of older people.

Top experts in the field will deliver an entertaining and stimulating interactive programme using a range of formats to appeal to all clinicians and allied health professionals in hospital or community settings. Anyone who works with older people but does not think the programme is particularly interesting or relevant to them is especially encouraged to attend! 

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Event Date & Time: 
Thursday, 21 March, 2019 - 09:00
Event Venue: 
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Event Address: 
9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ