The role of pharmacists in improving geriatric prescribing

There is enormous potential for pharmacists to improve drug safety in seniors. A pan-Canadian scoping review was conducted to identify opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration within existing frameworks. Additionally, a postal survey was conducted with Pharmacists across Quebec, to identify perceived educational needs relating to polypharmacy in older adults.  Barriers that need to be overcome include raising awareness of which medications are inappropriate, improving communication between doctors and pharmacists, and equipping pharmacists with the tools and reimbursement strategies to help them deprescribe.

Co-investigators: Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Dr. Ross T. Tsuyuki, Dr. Dan Zou, Denis Roy, Université de Montréal

Contact: camille.gagnon@criugm.qc.ca

Funder: Michel Saucier Chair in Pharmacology, Health and Aging at the Université de Montréal

Publications:

  • Tannenbaum C, Tsuyuki RT. The expanding scope of pharmacists’ practice: implications for physicians. CMAJ. 2013 Oct 1; 185(14):1228-32. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3903745/
  • Zou D, Tannenbaum C. Educational needs, practice patterns and quality indicators to improve geriatric pharmacy care. Can Pharm J (Ott). 2014 Mar; 147(2):110-7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24660011