Reducing medications safely to meet life’s changes

Deprescribing research and guidelines support healthcare providers and patients in reducing or stopping medications that may be harmful or no longer needed.

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Information and resources to help you learn how to discuss deprescribing with your healthcare providers. 

Healthcare Providers

Deprescribing guidelines and algorithms designed with ease-of-use in mind for busy healthcare providers.


Deprescribing research is underway to develop new guidelines and examine uptake and effect on health outcomes.

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As the population ages, older Canadians are living with multiple chronic conditions. In 2016, 35% of community-dwelling seniors had chronic use of 5 or more different drug classes.

Canadian Institute for Health Information. Drug use among seniors 2016.

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

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