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1h 15m

Deprescribing Medicines

The challenge of deprescribing is to apply quality use of medicines principles using a person-centred approach where polypharmacy, co-morbidities and fragility converge with a lack of evidence or guidelines to aid decision-making.

13 May 2018

Learning Outcomes


Correlate the challenges of an ageing population with medication use and polypharmacy


Explain to the patient or their carer the rationale for deprescribing medicines as indicated


Critically evaluate medicines that are at higher risk of causing older adults to experience medication-related problems


Plan and initiate a withdrawal trial taking into account medicines that should be ceased slowly



I would recommend this education to other health professionals: -- 13 Jun 2018
Very informative I would recommend this course to all health professionals. -- 08 Jun 2018
very informative -- 02 Jun 2018
Great -- 31 May 2018
Excellent -- 31 May 2018
An essential discussion specially in long term care settings, e.g. aged care. -- 31 May 2018
This video is not just for NP's, all health professionals can take home a little bit from the information presented. -- 29 May 2018
Well presented -- 28 May 2018
learned about the importance of deprescribing. -- 28 May 2018
This educator has helped me fill in gaps within my knowledge. This will help me with the future care I will provide for patients. -- 28 May 2018
Interesting. -- 28 May 2018
Good educational session -- 27 May 2018
-- 27 May 2018
very good -- 26 May 2018
excellent presentation. -- 25 May 2018
Excellent topic that is really important to consider when dealing with patients that take multiple medications. -- 24 May 2018
While not a nurse prescriber, I still found the topic interesting and informative. -- 24 May 2018
Very good and relevant information to suggest to GPs and families. Families of the elderly are always complaining about high Pharmacy bills. Reducing unnecessary medication may help in this respect. -- 23 May 2018
Very helpful and good topic. -- 23 May 2018
Great source to share about reducing medication intake -- 23 May 2018
Very engaging and informative. -- 23 May 2018
Good to know -- 22 May 2018
good -- 22 May 2018
Interesting and comprehensive analysis of a topic frequently encountered in modern patient care environments. -- 22 May 2018
This was an interesting topic and had lots of valuable information -- 21 May 2018
I was interesting but probably more beneficial for Nurse Practitioners. -- 21 May 2018
Very good presenter. Clear and educational session. -- 20 May 2018
Very engaging and a exceptional tool to have. We can never stop learning to assist people in our care. -- 19 May 2018
I found this resource extremely beneficial -- 17 May 2018
Good learning module -- 17 May 2018
Thankyou for this informative VLA. I am so happy to know that pharmacists are so pro-active in wanting to advocate for patients and support DEPRESCRIBING. -- 17 May 2018
Excellent video and should be viewed by all nurse practitioners as well as other RNs looking after the patient with poly pharmacy -- 17 May 2018
Educator is engaging and knowledgeable. I would recommend this education to other health professionals. -- 17 May 2018
Deprescribing is the future direction in healthcare system for the best interests of the patients, families and the carers. However, why polypharmacy exists in the first place. Come on, I hope drug companies wouldnt be upset at the idea. -- 17 May 2018
Weighing the benefits of the medicine against its adverse effects and risks of poly-pharmacy in each individual patients to their condition and status. -- 16 May 2018
Excellent presentation. Clear and concise information. -- 16 May 2018
Very informative that deginitely reinforce knowledge in gaining a good quality of life expectancy to client. -- 16 May 2018
It was a very helpful learning session which helped in gain more knowledge about polypharmacy and its effects. -- 15 May 2018
have gained more knowledge -- 15 May 2018
Very informative; clear and concise explanations. -- 15 May 2018
Good review of the processes and challenges -- 15 May 2018
Very interesting and something that reinforces my knowledge and introduced some new knowledge that i can now share. -- 15 May 2018
Great learning experience -- 14 May 2018
Highly recommend this resource as the pharmacist is very clear and succinct. -- 14 May 2018

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Incidence of medication use
  • Polypharmacy and principles of deprescribing
  • Barriers to deprescribing
  • Classes of medicines for deprescribing
  • Planning withdrawal

Target audience

Nurse practitioners and other health professionals who prescribe medications or are heavily involved in medication management.


Confidently consider whether to continue, reduce or cease medications that are not effective or may no longer be appropriate for a particular person.


It is well known that polypharmacy has the potential to result in adverse events for patients. Therefore, the prescribing process must not only include a review, but also cessation of medicines. Cessation of medications may be a particularly appropriate action in certain clinical situations amongst older adults. Deprescribing has been described as the systematic process of identifying and discontinuing potentially inappropriate medicines with the aim of minimising polypharmacy and improving patient outcomes. A recent network analysis of the various definitions used in multiple articles across many countries proposed this definition: “Deprescribing is the process of withdrawal of an inappropriate medication, supervised by a health care professional with the goal of managing polypharmacy and improving outcomes.” Reviewing a patient’s medication regime, and ceasing unnecessary medicines, can lead to an improved quality of life for patients.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.