Facilitating conversations about deprescribing in primary care, a qualitative study

In the province of Quebec, one-third of seniors have claims for a drug on the Beers list, a list of drugs identified as potentially inappropriate to prescribe in this population. However, little is known about the conversations between primary care practitioners and older patients around stopping or tapering these inappropriate prescriptions. This qualitative study aims to identify effective communication strategies used in conversations between primary care physicians and older patients that lead to stopping or tapering potentially inappropriate drugs.

Three classes of medications are targeted in this trial: benzodiazepines, sulfonylurea antidiabetic agents and proton pump inhibitors. This study aligns with Choosing Wisely Canada’s campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments.

Investigators: Dr. Marie-Thérèse Lussier, Dr. Claude Richard, Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Dr. Barbara Farrell

Contact: marie-eve.lavoie@criugm.qc.ca

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research