Polypharmacy and Deprescribing Learning Module

Educational Resource:

Online Learning Module:

Learn how polypharmacy develops over time and how to recognize common drug-induced symptoms and prescribing cascades. The learning module is designed for healthcare professionals and employs a fictional case to help improve understanding of polypharmacy and approaches for deprescribing. This module received financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Academic Health Science Centre Alternate Funding Plan – Innovation Fund.


Subject Matter Experts

Barbara Farrell, BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP
Pharmacist and Senior Investigator, Bruyère Research Institute
Clinical Pharmacist, Bruyère Continuing Care
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo

Wade Thompson, PhD, PharmD, MSc
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics, University of British Columbia

Additional Resources:

Deprescribing Algorithms

Evidence-based deprescribing algorithms help clinicians decide when and how to reduce medications safely and how to monitor effect. Each algorithm provides a one-page summary of its related evidence-based deprescribing guideline.


Deprescribing App

The four evidence-based deprescribing guidelines and algorithms are available through the IAM Medical Guidelines App. The App supports medication decision making at your fingertips. It is free to download through iOS and Android.