Home medicines reviews for vulnerable older people


  • Welcome
  • Domiciliary MURs
  • Frailty
  • Polypharmacy
  • Managing the problem
  • Case study
  • Assessment questions
  • Action & Evaluation


This CPD module is about current thinking on home medicines reviews for vulnerable older people. It will look at the benefit of a home medicines review for older people, including medicines optimisation and helping to avoid adverse drug events and non-adherence.

Some 25 to 50 per cent of people aged over 85 years are frail


To help you understand how a home medicines review can benefit older people.


After reading this module, pharmacy technicians will:

  • Be able to describe the different factors that impact on medicines optimisation 
  • Recognise that being housebound can result in poor engagement with prescribers and dispensers
  • Appreciate that polypharmacy increases non-adherence and is the biggest risk for adverse drug events.

Contributing author

Lelly Oboh, consultant pharmacist in care of older people.

About this module

This CPD module is designed for community pharmacy technicians to use as part of their continuing professional development. Reflection exercises have been included to help start you off in the CPD learning cycle.

Record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end of this module, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacy technicians. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.



Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.


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