This module, created by Bruyère Continuing Care, employs a fictional case to help improve understanding of polypharmacy and approaches for deprescribing. Learn how polypharmacy develops over time, as well as how to recognize common drug-induced symptoms and prescribing cascades.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada suggests five questions to ask your health provider about your medications, especially if you are on a number of drugs.
This letter discusses the issues around elders who are on a multitude of drugs and suggests that medication regimes should be challenged routinely. Logical approaches to working with this problem are suggested.
This letter introduces the concept of prescribing cascades, shares examples and provides suggestions for how to address them in practice.
Medstopper is a Canadian deprescribing web-based tool developed by a team of health professionals to help doctors and their patients look at a list of medications to decide if some should be stopped or changed. The medications are ranked in order, with those least safe or effective at the top (consider stopping first) and colour-coded.
Sleepwell is a Canadian website that contains information to help people manage insomnia without relying on sleeping pills.
This report explores methods and steps that patients can take to start the deprescribing conversation with their healthcare professionals.