Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging

Dr. Barbara Farrell and the Research Team received the 2019 Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation Aging for outstanding achievements related to the spread and uptake of their deprescribing guidelines.

Since 2013, the team has worked tirelessly to address polypharmacy challenges and improve medication-related care for older adults. This includes developing and implementing evidence-based deprescribing guidelines to help people safely reduce or stop potentially harmful or unnecessary medications. The team also developed accompanying decision-support algorithms, patient pamphlets and infographics, whiteboard training videos, and a free Deprescribing Channel on the IAM Medical Guidelines app. The team has used various mediums including Twitter as a powerful tool to disseminate knowledge to its more than 11,000 growing followers.

These guidelines are now being used in practice around the globe to minimize unnecessary or harmful medications and to improve the quality of life for older people. The grant funds have been used to support knowledge mobilization efforts.

Lead: Dr. Barbara Farrell, Bruyère Research Institute
Funder (2019-2023): CIHR