The Bruyère Deprescribing Guidelines Research Team has developed an app to grant easy, on-demand access to its deprescribing algorithms — complementary to the resources on this website.
EMPOWER brochures help patients understand the rationale for deprescribing certain medications and explain why it is important to talk to a health care provider about deprescribing
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 and check out resources to help you discuss deprescribing with your health care provider.
Health Care Providers
Get comfortable deprescribing with tools and resources, case reports and testimonials, and relevant publications.
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
May 5, 2019 - Doctors are warning that millions of Canadians are taking a commonly prescribed class of drugs used to treat acid reflux much longer than the recommended two-month period, upping the risk of a number of health-related side-effects. Read more
The four evidence-based deprescribing guidelines and algorithms produced through the leadership of the Bruyère Research Institute and the Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network, and the guideline developed through an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellowship have been built...
January 28, 2019 - We know many people end up with a risky pileup of prescribed medications. Many efforts have been made, with varied success, to correct this problem. Yet we’ve usually focused on physician behavior, when there’s another powerful lever: pharmacists....
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