Medication reviews based on the STRIPA (Systematic Tool to Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing Assistant) method

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Pharmacists and general practitioners review the medication prescribed to home-living older people on an annual basis.

The STRIPA method may improve the effectiveness and efficiency of these reviews.


This research will seek to establish whether the 'Systematic Tool to Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing Assistant' (STRIPA) method is a suitable method for medication reviews.

In this research, the quality of 150 medication reviews will be assessed; 75 will be carried out without the STRIPA method and 75 with the STRIPA method. The time of 52 reviews will be measured too (28 reviews will be carried out without the STRIPA method and 28 reviews with the STRIPA method).

The quality and time of reviews conducted with and without use the STRIPA method will then be compared. Pharmacists and general practitioners will also be asked about the suitability of the STRIPA method.

If it is found that the STRIPA method would be a suitable support tool for medication reviews, we will investigate how its use could be extended.


This research is ongoing. Once completed, the research results will be summarised here.


01 June 2018 - 01 November 2020


Experts will assess the quality of medication reviews carried out in relation to individuals aged 65 or older by a number of pharmacies and general practitioners in Utrecht.

A focus-group meeting will be organised with pharmacists and general practitioners.

HU researchers involved in the research

Collaboration with knowledge partners

We are collaborating with Julius Leidsche Rijn Gezondheidscentra and FLeiR apotheken.

This research has been funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), the programma Goed Gebruik Geneesmiddelen.

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