Online Tools and Resources for Optimizing Seniors’ Medication Use
Deprescribing is the planned and supervised process of reducing or stopping a medication that may be causing harm or no longer be of benefit. The Bruyère Deprescribing Guidelines Research Team, a partner of Ontario CLRI, have created bilingual tools and resources to help healthcare professionals and residents make shared decisions on whether or not a medication is still the right fit.
These tools include five evidence-based guidelines that help healthcare providers make informed assessments of a resident’s medication and explore possibilities for non-drug treatments. The resources also have patient pamphlets that empower residents to engage in their healthcare. These pamphlets provide key questions they can ask their care team about their medications and explaining deprescribing in plain language.
Studies on the making of the guidelines and algorithms have been published in Canadian Family Physician. The studies detail the process of gathering evidence and consulting primary care professionals for developing, reviewing, and endorsing the guidelines.
Deprescribing.org was created by Dr. Barbara Farrell and Dr. Cara Tannenbaum a pharmacist and physician respectively who are concerned with the rising use of medications in the aging population.
The development of the algorithms was supported by the Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration (OPEN) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
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In this webinar, Dr. Barbara Farrell will highlight common elements of the deprescribing process and demonstrate approaches to engaging patients through shared decision-making.
In this webinar, Dr. Lisa McCarthy and Dr. Clara Korenvain will highlight research that explores how pharmacists practicing in community settings can embrace their roles as key partners in deprescribing as one strategy for tackling the global problem of medication-related harm.
In this webinar, Dr. Jadon Webb will discuss how major depression can be difficult to treat, and how clinicians can sometimes feel constrained in choices of how to treat it (i.e. medications vs talk therapy). Dr. Webb will also explore other modalities with strong supporting evidence, and suggest how these can be integrated into a deprescribing decision tree.
As first seen in AdvantAge Ontario’s Action Update, this article features how to use Deprescribing tools & resources to optimize seniors’ medication plans.