ABiMed: Towards an Innovative Clinical Decision Support System for Medication Reviews and Polypharmacy Management

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2022 Jan 14:289:61-64. doi: 10.3233/SHTI210859.


Polypharmacy in elderly is a public health problem with both clinical (increase of adverse drug events) and economic issues. One solution is medication review, a structured assessment of patients' drug orders by the pharmacist for optimizing the therapy. However, this task is tedious, cognitively complex and error-prone, and only a few clinical decision support systems have been proposed for supporting it. Existing systems are either rule-based systems implementing guidelines, or documentary systems presenting drug knowledge. In this paper, we present the ABiMed research project, and, through literature reviews and brainstorming, we identified five candidate innovations for a decision support system for medication review: patient data transfer from GP to pharmacists, use of semantic technologies, association of rule-based and documentary approaches, use of machine learning, and a two-way discussion between pharmacist and GP after the medication review.

Keywords: Clinical decision support system; Medication review; Polypharmacy.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical*
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions* / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Medication Review
  • Pharmacists
  • Polypharmacy