Journal Article
Commentary

STOPP/START criteria for potentially inappropriate medications/ potential prescribing omissions in older people: origin and progress.

O'Mahony D. STOPP/START criteria for potentially inappropriate medications/ potential prescribing omissions in older people: origin and progress. Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol. 2019 Nov 30:1-8. doi: 10.1080/17512433.2020.1697676. [Epub ahead of print]

STOPP (Screening Tool of Older Persons' Prescriptions) and START (Screening Tool to Alert to Right Treatment) are criteria used as a tool for clinicians to review potentially inappropriate medications in older adults and have been endorsed as a best practice by some organizations.  This article, written by the developer of STOPP/START, describes its history and updates, and current large-scale trials involving the use of specialty software that automates the process as a potential patient safety improvement.