Articles: 29.03 March 2018

Editorial: Depression in older people – a suitable case for treatment

Some would argue that depression is part and parcel of older life. Increasing frailty, debilitating chronic conditions, the loss of friends and relations, and resulting social isolation all act to lower mood and resilience. But getting on a bit shouldn’t necessarily mean the black dog has come to stay permanently. Depression in older people can and should be treated, and outcomes are typically very good

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Depression and antidepressant prescribing in the elderly

Depression in old age is common and associated with significant morbidity, yet it is frequently missed or undertreated. In this article, the authors review the specific issues that need to be taken into account when assessing and treating depression in elderly people

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Optimising medication in frail older people

Medicines optimisation is key to the successful management of frail older people in order to reduce harm and minimise inappropriate admissions. This article discusses the screening tools available to help identify frailty and gives guidance on how to optimise prescribing in frail individuals

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Getting started with clinical pharmacists in general practice

The NHS England scheme to develop the role of clinical pharmacists in general practice is now well underway. With phase 2 of the programme now recruiting, this article provides pragmatic advice for both practices and pharmacists embarking on this new venture

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Diagnosis and management of endometriosis

In September 2017, NICE published its first guidance specifically addressing the diagnosis and management of endometriosis (NG73). This article summarises the key recommendations of the new guidance

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Using real-world patient data to improve healthcare outcomes

Dr Janet Valentine is a champion of collaboration – a quality much needed for her role as the director of Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) at the MHRA. She talks to Kate Stewart about how CPRD is contributing to improvements in drug safety and clinical practice through the use of real-world patient data in public health research

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Utilising community pharmacists to reduce prescribing waste

Community pharmacy teams are in a unique position to identify opportunities for medicines optimisation. Richard Brown describes a joint project carried out between Avon Local Pharmaceutical Committee and Bath and North East Somerset CCG that utilised community pharmacists to identify and reduce prescribing waste

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Asking for the moon

The widely-held belief that the doctor can prescribe a ‘pill for every ill’ can result in some rather unrealistic requests from patients, says Dr Delvin

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