Burden and effectiveness of interventions to address overprescribing

Project theme: Applied economic evaluation and policy analysis

Overprescribing, also known as problematic polypharmacy, refers to when people take too many medicines or when people do not get the full benefit from their medicines. 

This project aims to summarise the evidence on the burden of problematic polypharmacy and the effectiveness of interventions to address it. The project involves a rapid review of systematic reviews and new scoping searches.

Project team

Rita Faria, Marrissa Martyn-St James, Ruth Wong, Alison Scope, Mark Sculpher.


Rita Faria


Faria, R., Martyn-St James, M., Wong, R., Scope, A. and Sculpher, M. (2019) Evidence for the impact of interventions for, and medicines reconciliation in, problematic polypharmacy: a rapid review of systematic reviews and scoping searches (PDF, 2.5MB). Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions. Universities of Sheffield and York. EEPRU Research Report 062. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15131/shef.data.25219142