Research Roundup

Debbie Rigby takes a look at the latest in research news

Impact of Medication Regimen Simplification on Medication Administration Times and Health Outcomes in Residential Aged Care

This 12 month follow up of the SIMPLER randomized controlled trial shows structured medication simplification achieves sustained reductions in medication administration times. Significant reductions in the mean number of daily medication administration times were observed. No significant differences in hospitalisations or mortality at 12 months were observed.

J Clin Med 2020;9:1053.


Omega-3, Omega-6, and Polyunsaturated Fat for Cognition

A systematic review and meta-analysis of 38 randomised trials has concluded that long-chain omega-3 have little or no effect on new neurocognitive illness, new cognitive impairment or global cognition assessed using MMSE. Effects of increasing α-linolenic acid, omega-6, or total PUFA were unclear.

Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, 2020.


Development and Validation of a Penicillin Allergy Clinical Decision Rule

Penicillin allergy is a significant public health issue for patients, antimicrobial stewardship programs, and health services. The validated PEN-FAST clinical decision tool may aid the risk stratification of patients with penicillin allergy to facilitate implementation of delabeling strategies and safe β-lactam prescribing.

JAMA Intern Med. Published online March 16, 2020.


Medication administration in Australian residential aged care: A time‐and‐motion study

A time‐and‐motion study conducted in three South Australian RACFs has shown nurses take an average of 5 minutes to administer medications per resident per medication round. Medication administration in memory support units took an additional minute per resident per round, with almost half of tablets and capsules needing to be crushed.

Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, first published 14 April 2020.

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