The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network Seniors Deprescribing Trial

As seniors start to question potentially inappropriate prescriptions, health care providers will need to engage in conversations about stopping or tapering these medications and to offer solutions for alternate and safer forms of therapy. This 6-month randomized-controlled clinical trial will take place in primary care practices across Canada and will assess the effectiveness of a deprescribing intervention to reduce the use of potentially inappropriate medications among community-dwelling older adults.

The provider intervention will use evidence-based deprescribing algorithms and apply effective communication strategies to achieve successful deprescription. This study will be conducted using the electronic medical records of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network. Results will be available in 2018.

Investigators: Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Dr. Richard Birtwhistle, Dr. Justin Turner