Reducing medications safely to meet life’s changes
What medications were good then might not be the best choice now. Deprescribing is the planned process of reducing or stopping medications that may no longer be of benefit or may be causing harm. The goal is to reduce medication burden or harm while improving quality of life.
Be part of the change for a better quality of life
Learn about deprescribing, check out resources to help you discuss deprescribing or join the conversation about how you can get involved in research.
Health Care Providers
Get comfortable deprescribing with tools and resources, find out about the Canadian Deprescribing Network or join the conversation about research.
As the population ages, older Canadians are living with multiple chronic conditions. In 2012, 66% of community seniors had claims for 5 or more drug classes.Canadian Institute for Health Information. Drug use among seniors on public drug programs, 2012. Ottawa, Ontario. May 2014.
Inappropriate prescriptions are known to pose health risks for older adults, leading to unnecessary hospitalisations and undue cost.Budnitz DS, Lovegrove MC, Shehab N, Richards CL. Emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events in older Americans. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2011;365(21):2002-12
“It is an art of no little importance to administer medicines properly; but it is an art of much greater and more difficult acquisition to know when to suspend or altogether omit them.”Philippe Pinel 1745-1826
Deprescribing can be challenging. The “Deprescribing Guidelines for the Elderly” project developed guidelines and decision-support tools in the form of algorithms. Our knowledge translation tools will include whiteboard videos to help clinicians use these algorithms...
Deprescribing can minimize harm associated with polypharmacy. Community pharmacists can play a role; this project aims to explore and build their capacity to integrate deprescribing into their workflow and to facilitate communication with patients and prescribers. We...
Cara Tannenbaum and Barb Farrell discuss CaDeN and ongoing research and initiatives that are helping curb risky prescription drug use among seniors in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (Sept 14th,...