Population survey – understanding what community dwelling seniors know about medication harms and deprescribing

In 2016, 50% of Canadian seniors were prescribed a medication that has a questionable benefit versus harm ratio. This pan-Canadian survey queried community-dwelling seniors across Canada to determine what they know about medication risks and benefits. The survey determined what proportion of older adults are aware of potentially harmful medications. The study also determined what motivates seniors to initiate discussion with their health care provider about deprescribing.

Investigators: Dr. Justin Turner, Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Université de Montréal

Contact: [email protected]

Funder (2016-2021): Fonds de Recherche de Santé du Quebec, Canadian Institutes of Health Research