Deprescribing App

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.

Find out about Deprescribing Guidelines

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

Find out about EMPOWER brochures

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

Find out about deprescribing research

Deprescribing research explores new tools for polypharmacy management, engaging patients in their care, and more.

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

Patients

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.

Researchers

Find out about ongoing research at Bruyère Research Institute and the University of Montreal and join the conversation to share your own research.

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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

What’s happening?

Guest Blog Post #14: Deprescribing in community pharmacy

Hello, deprescribing world! Today we have another blog post for you. This one is from pharmacist Amy Randhawa from Ontario, Canada. Over the past 10 years, Amy has been working as a community pharmacist. From October 2020 to January 2021, Amy worked with Dr. Barbara...

Guest Blog Post #13: Can we STOPPFalls?

Today we have Dr. Nathalie van der Velde, Professor in Geriatrics at Amsterdam University Medical Centers (the Netherlands), telling about the development of STOPPFalls, part of the STOPP/START series, and the implications of this new tool. Take it away, Nathalie!...

Interview #6: Hospital admission as an opportunity for deprescribing?

Recently the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (CJHP) published an article where the question “Should hospital admission be used as an opportunity for deprescribing in older adults?” was fiercely debated. Today we interview two hospital pharmacists, Pam Howell...

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