Polypharmacy and medication related side effects have long been linked to increasing a person’s risk for falls and poorer quality of life. Deprescribing is the planned and supervised process of dose reduction or stopping of medication that may be causing harm or no longer be of benefit. The goal of deprescribing is to reduce medication burden and harm, while maintaining or improving quality of life.
This presentation will focus on the concept of Deprescribing, the initiatives to date and how all health care providers can play a role in helping patient’s reach their medication goals. Two patient case examples will also highlight how deprescribing can be enhanced with the guidelines and algorithms our research group has produced, plus some practical tips to consider when engaging the patient in deprescribing conversations.