Residential medication management reviews in Australian residential aged care facilities

Janet K. Sluggett, J. Simon Bell, Catherine Lang, Megan Corlis, Craig Whitehead, Steven L. Wesselingh, Maria C. Inacio

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The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has highlighted the high rates of polypharmacy and potential medication‐related harm in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) in Australia.1 Residential medication management review (RMMR) is a government‐funded service for facilitating quality use of medicines in RACFs.2 Previous studies have found that RMMRs by accredited pharmacists and general practitioners identify a mean of 2.7–3.9 medication‐related problems per resident, and 45–84% of pharmacists’ recommendations were accepted by GPs.3 Guidelines recommend that residents should generally receive an RMMR on entering an RACF and when their clinical circumstances change,4 but annual claims data5, 6 and recent research indicate that not all residents receive RMMRs.7

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-433
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number9
Early online date6 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Delivery of healthcare
  • Geriatrics
  • Health services for the aged
  • Health services research
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Pharmacy


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