The Systematic Tool to Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing (STRIP): Combining implicit and explicit prescribing tools to improve appropriate prescribing

A. Clara Drenth-van Maanen, Anne J. Leendertse, Paul A.F. Jansen, Wilma Knol, Carolina J.P.W. Keijsers, Michiel C. Meulendijk, Rob J. van Marum

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Inappropriate prescribing is a major health care issue, especially regarding older patients on polypharmacy. Multiple implicit and explicit prescribing tools have been developed to improve prescribing, but these have hardly ever been used in combination. The Systematic Tool to Reduce Inappropriate Prescribing (STRIP) combines implicit prescribing tools with the explicit Screening Tool to Alert physicians to the Right Treatment and Screening Tool of Older People's potentially inappropriate Prescriptions criteria and has shared decision-making with the patient as a critical step. This article describes the STRIP and its ability to identify potentially inappropriate prescribing. The STRIP improved general practitioners' and final-year medical students' medication review skills. The Web-application STRIP Assistant was developed to enable health care providers to use the STRIP in daily practice and will be incorporated in clinical decision support systems. It is currently being used in the European Optimizing thERapy to prevent Avoidable hospital admissions in the Multimorbid elderly (OPERAM) project, a multicentre randomized controlled trial involving patients aged 75 years and older using multiple medications for multiple medical conditions. In conclusion, the STRIP helps health care providers to systematically identify potentially inappropriate prescriptions and medication-related problems and to change the patient's medication regimen in accordance with the patient's needs and wishes. This article describes the STRIP and the available evidence so far. The OPERAM study is investigating the effect of STRIP use on clinical and economic outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-322
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of evaluation in clinical practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • Medication errors
  • Medication safety
  • Patient safety
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Prescribing

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