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Multidisciplinary Medication Review in Long-Term Care: A Review of Clinical Utility, Cost-Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: August 20, 2019
Project Number: RC1171-000 - CI0058-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Devices and Systems
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical utility of multidisciplinary medication review every three months in long-term care settings?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of multidisciplinary medication review every three months in long-term care settings?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of multidisciplinary medication review in long-term care settings?

Key Message

Two systematic reviews were included in this report, however no evidence regarding the clinical utility of different frequencies of multidisciplinary medication review was identified. No evidence for the cost-effectiveness of multidisciplinary medication review every three months among patients in long-term care settings, and no guidelines on multidisciplinary medication reviews, were identified. This report was limited by the lack of primary evidence. Further research on multidisciplinary medication reviews may help to reduce uncertainty in their clinical utility and cost-effectiveness.