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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Decreasing Polypharmacy: The Art of Deprescribing

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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Decreasing Polypharmacy: The Art of Deprescribing

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Melissa Lectura MD, Nina Vadiei PharmD
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
POGOe Id: 
22019
Date Posted: 
07/19/2019
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
04/29/2019
Abstract: 

Decreasing Polypharmacy: The Art of Deprescribing is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to…

  1. Identify the drugs most likely to cause adverse drug effects in older adults
  2. Explain how to use the depresciribing protocol
  3. Describe a typical tapering protocol for drugs that might have withdrawal symptoms
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as:

  1. Content is not changed,
  2. No one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. Authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. The reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program”.
Content Categories: 
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH lvitkus@aging.arizona.edu


Suggested Citation:
Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Decreasing Polypharmacy: The Art of Deprescribing. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2019 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/22019