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“The PMRU Team are also pleased to announce the start of CHAT-PD study which is being led by Dr James Moss and is multi-centre study with the Evelina and GOSH.
This study is looking to assess what children and young people and their parent/guardian think about polypharmacy and deprescribing. The term polypharmacy means ‘many medicines’ and ‘stopping medicines’ is called deprescribing. Polypharmacy can be a good thing, however, we also know that polypharmacy can also cause problems, so called ‘problematic polypharmacy’. This is where many medicines are prescribed inappropriately, or where the intended benefit of the medicine is not realised. The more medicines someone takes the more likely they are to have adverse effects from the medicines they take.
There are currently no guidelines for children and young people to help doctors decide when to consider stopping medicines. The information collected from this study will help us decide if we should develop a specific ‘deprescribing guidelines’ for children.
If you have any questions or would like further information about this study then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or PMRU@alderhey.nhs.uk”
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