This Managing Multiple Medicines (formerly Polypharmacy) app and website provide information and tools to support healthcare professionals, patients and carers in making decisions about taking multiple medicines. It contains two toolkits:
1. A toolkit for healthcare professionals
- This provides quick and easy access at point of care to key recommendations from the national Polypharmacy Guidance: Realistic Prescribing, 3rd edition including the 7-Step process for medicines review.
2. A toolkit for patients and carers taking multiple medicines
- This provides tools and information resources to support self-management and shared decision-making by patients and professionals during consultation and medicines review. This toolkit will support patients to prepare in advance of meeting with their healthcare professional, and to follow up on key issues after the meeting.
Both toolkits are freely available to all users. Professionals are encouraged to download the patient and carer toolkit as well as the professional one, so that they can guide and support patients in using the toolkit to self-manage and to participate in decisions about their medicines. Likewise, patients and carers can choose if they wish to read the detail of the national guidance in the professional toolkit.