The overall aim of OPERAM (OPtimising thERapy to prevent Avoidable hospital admissions in the Multimorbid elderly) is to optimise existing pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapy primarily in order to reduce avoidable hospital admissions among the elderly population aged ≥70 years with multimorbidity.
Specifically, the OPERAM consortium aims at:
- Creating new evidence to prevent avoidable hospital admissions through optimising pharmacotherapy in the multimorbid elderly by performing a multi-centre cluster randomised clinical trial (RCT) to assess the impact of a structured medication review
- Obtaining evidence-based data comparing pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to prevent common causes of avoidable hospital admissions in the elderly with multimorbidity, and rank these interventions according to their effectiveness and safety using network meta-analyses (NMA)
- Identify the most cost-effective pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to prevent avoidable hospital admissions in the multimorbid elderly