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Age Ageing. 2016 Sep;45(5):589-92. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afw114. Epub 2016 Jul 4.

STOPP/START version 2-development of software applications: easier said than done?

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1
Louvain Drug Research Institute, Clinical Pharmacy Research Group, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.
2
Geriatric Medicine, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium Institute of Health and Society, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.
3
Institute of Health and Society, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
4
Departement Public Health and Primary Care, ACHG, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
5
Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Geriatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium.
6
Louvain Drug Research Institute, Clinical Pharmacy Research Group, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium Pharmacy, Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium.
7
Pharmacy, CHU UCL Namur, Université catholique de Louvain, Yvoir, Belgium.
8
Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
9
Louvain Drug Research Institute, Clinical Pharmacy Research Group, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium Pharmacy, CHU UCL Namur, Université catholique de Louvain, Yvoir, Belgium.

Abstract

Explicit criteria, such as the STOPP/START criteria, are increasingly used both in clinical practice and in research to identify potentially inappropriate prescribing in older people. In an article on the STOPP/START criteria version 2, O'Mahony et al have pointed out the advantages of developing computerised criteria. Both clinical decision support systems to support healthcare professionals and software applications to automatically detect inappropriate prescribing in research studies can be developed. In the process of developing such tools, difficulties may occur. In the context of a research study, we have developed an algorithm to automatically apply STOPP/START criteria version 2 to our research database. We comment in this paper on different kinds of difficulties encountered and make suggestions that could be taken into account when developing the next version of the criteria.

KEYWORDS:

STOPP/START criteria; clinical decision support systems; older people, inappropriate prescribing

PMID:
27496930
DOI:
10.1093/ageing/afw114
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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