Symposium Resources

The Bruyère Deprescribing Research team recently hosted an international symposium on the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based Deprescribing guidelines.

The Bruyère Deprescribing Research team is very grateful to all those who participated in the Evidence Based Deprescribing Guideline Symposium, which took place from March 26 to 28, 2018, in Ottawa.

The symposium brought together over 135 participants from 100 national and international institutions, across nine countries. Each day of the symposium focused on a different facet of evidence based deprescribing guidelines. The first day, focused on developing new deprescribing guidelines and integrating deprescribing recommendations into existing clinical practice guidelines. The second day, participants turned their attention to the process of implementing deprescribing guidelines, monitoring implementation efforts, and evaluating guideline impact. Participants divided into two streams on the third day, the first stream was a group of educators who were interested in developing deprescribing curricula, while the second stream was a group of researchers who were interested in evaluating implementation of one or more of the deprescribing guidelines. Over the three days, relationships between researchers, clinicians, and community advocates developed and many action items were put forward.

Our diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panelists provided in-depth insight, as well as, actionable and practical tools, methods and research; and were able to share how deprescribing can be used in key areas such as: healthcare, education and outreach.

We are working on transcribing notes from the keynote presentations, breakout sessions and workshops, and once everything has been aggregated we invite you to revisit the website to download the material.

View the symposium agenda and speaker biographies here.

Post-symposium publications available here.

Monday, March 26, 2018 – Speaker Presentations 



How do we make sure guidelines are developed efficiently and effectively while meeting the needs of users?



Getting started on an evidence-based clinical guideline (choice of priority therapeutic topic areas – e.g. statins, opioids)


Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – Speaker Presentations










Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – Speaker Presentations


  • Welcome
    Lalitha Raman-Wilms, BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP – Professor and Dean, College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba






  • World Café: Deprescribing research priorities and important outcome measures for developing guidelines
    Session: One
    Session: Two