Rational prescribing in dementia

Tuesday, 17 March 2020. 7.30 - 8.45 pm

Optimal prescribing in the dementia setting is challenging as patients are usually older adults with multiple co-morbidities.

Pharmacological alignment of treatment may vary depending on the goals of care, and these may shift with time.

Adverse health outcomes may be compounded by polypharmacy, medication burden and increased adverse drug effects. Further challenges arise from diminishing capacity, difficulty communicating and comprehension. 

This webinar aims to provide a clinical framework for prescribing in the dementia setting, including examining appropriate prescribing and de-prescribing for optimising quality of life as the goals of care change over time. Specific examples will be given to describe the appropriate use of common medications in dementia care.

During this online event you will have the opportunity to type questions to Phil using the onscreen text system.


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Dr Phil Wood (Geriatrician)

Phil is a Geriatrician (Waitemata DHB), with roles in the Northern Region as a Clinical Leader, the Ministry of Health as Chief Advisor for Healthy Ageing and Co-Director Director of BRNZ’s Dementia Prevention Research Clinics.

His work particularly focuses on the Memory Clinic at North Shore Hospital. Advisory roles involve exploring and advising of new model of care for older people and service development. He also in private practice on Auckland’s North Shore.


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