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The medicines buck stops with GPs: RACGP president

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has released its fifth edition of the Silver Book, a guide for GPs dealing with the clinical care of older people.

One in three GP-patient interactions are with people 65 and over and, as that cohort grows, GPs become more important than ever in the aged care space.

Associate Professor Morton Rawlin, who is chairing the RACGP’s review of the resource, said that Silver Book will help GPs review the way patients are currently being cared for.

“For example, one section of the Silver Book examines deprescribing, which involves reassessing the role of all medicines being taken with a view to stopping the use of those that may cause harm or no longer fit with the current goals of care.

“It’s all about focussing on the individual needs of the patient to achieve the highest quality of care possible.”

RACGP president Dr Harry Nespolon agrees and told Aged Care Insite that there are several ways to solve the prescription medicine crisis in aged care homes, one being that ultimate responsibility should always lie with the GP.

Nespolon joined Aged Care Insite to discuss the new guide as well as staff-to-patient ratios, Medicare rebates and the GP’s role in aged care.

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