The Deprescribing Initiatives Using Community Engagement (DICE) project explored how public and health care professional community engagement strategies can be used to implement deprescribing into the routine care of patients in a community within the Champlain Local Health Integration Network. The research team worked with a Local Advisory Group to identify community needs and then co-developed a plan for a series of interactive public education sessions to build medication management capacity among older people in their community. The original grant was terminated early (as were all similar HSRF grants in Ontario) in July 2019. The research team and LAG hosted a single event in June 2019 to honour the commitment made to the community; a planning guide for this event “Talking about Your Medications” was produced. The research team received a grant from CABHI to carry out the originally planned face-to-face public education series in the spring of 2020 (DICEE). In light of COVID-19 restrictions, the research team delivered this program virtually in November 2020 in partnership with Living Healthy Champlain. An implementation guide and support webinar are planned for January 2021.
If you are interested in attending the support webinar, scheduled for January 13th 2021 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST, please register here.
Lead: Dr. Barbara Farrell, Bruyère Research Institute
Funder (2017-2019): Government of Ontario, HSRF
Funder (2019-2021): Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), SPARK grant