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Pain News Jul 24, 2024

Policymakers urged to continue including NSAIDs in patient safety and deprescribing initiatives

Prescribing ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to people who are at a high risk of harm could be costing the NHS in England about £31 million and causing more than 6,000 lost years of good health over 10 years.

That is the conclusion of a paper published in The BMJ today (23 July), whose lead author is Elizabeth M Camacho, from the University of Manchester-based Centre for Health Economics, Division of Population Health, Health Service Research and Primary Care.

NSAIDs continue to be a source of avoidable harm and healthcare costs, and more needs to be done to address this, especially in high-risk groups, say Dr Camacho and her colleagues.

To help inform policy in this area, the researchers set out to estimate levels of patient harm and the costs of NSAID prescribing to high-risk groups in the NHS in England over a 10-year period.

The researchers drew on previously published research on prescribing safety in England, which provided a baseline number of people affected by ‘hazardous prescribing events’ in April 2020, based on data from the national roll-out of PINCER (pharmacist-led information technology intervention for medication errors) and prevalence data from 1,060 general practices (10,906,453 patients in total).

 

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Rehabilitation News Jul 19, 2024

Physio Alison Wildt is leading an 'exciting' research project that will help to shape rehab at NRC

Physiotherapist Alison Wildt (pictured third from left) is taking the lead in the first phase of a research project that is due to completed by the time the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) opens its doors next summer.

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