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TAILOR: Thinking differently about prescribing - A new knowledge work resource

WiseGP is partnering with NIHR Learn to support knowledge work in every day practice. You’ll find a host of great resources on NIHR Learn to help you get involved.

As part of our new partnership, we are delighted to announce the launch of the TAILOR On-line Learning resources on NIHR Learn.

TAILOR offers evidence-based resources from new primary care led research that will help you tackle one of the biggest challenges we face in everyday practice – managing problematic polypharmacy. The TAILOR on-line learning package uses NIHR funded cutting edge research to offer you practical ideas and tools for dealing with everyday polypharmacy problems you face in clinical practice. We also offer you ideas for thinking about whole practice changes you might want to make – practical ideas for quality improvement projects you may want to consider.

NIHR Learn is partnering with the national WiseGP programme to help promote your experiences of using NIHR Learn in everyday practice. Why not share your experiences of using TAILOR in a blog for the WiseGP website?

The TAILOR evidence synthesis research project was conceived, developed and delivered by a primary care team. Professor Joanne Reeve, an inner city GP in the north of England, has worked with GPs, pharmacists, patients, and researchers over a number of years in research to understand how and why prescribing practice needs to change. Patients and clinicians both want to medicines to be tailored to individual needs. But there are many factors in everyday practice that stop this happening.

When NIHR called for research to tackle this problem, this primary care team responded successfully and the TAILOR project was born. TAILOR combined innovative evidence synthesis methods with a distinct primary care perspective to describe if and how we can safely tailor the use of medicines to the needs of our individual patients.

The research showed that tailored deprescribing of medicines is safe, effective and potentially acceptable if done using a structured, systematic approach. It also highlighted the changes needed in the way we run our practices to support this work. NIHR have published a user-focused summary of the work here. Our TAILOR e-learning program explores the findings in more detail and how you can use them in your own everyday practice to improve patient care.

TAILOR provides valuable new evidence for practice from research, but also much more. Our partnership with NIHR Learn and WiseGP is providing practical ways that clinicians can use this research in their own practice, but also contribute to generating further new practice-based-understanding and evidence through QI work.

We look forward to reading your blogs!


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