Deprescribing Medicines

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Updated 16 May 2024 Certificate ANCC Accredited

Polypharmacy has the potential to result in adverse events for patients, therefore, the prescribing process must not only include a review but also the cessation of medicines. This Ausmed Course looks at polypharmacy and deprescribing.

Content

5 Video Units • 12 Questions
Introduction to Deprescribing
1m
Pretest
2 Questions
What is Deprescribing?
4 Questions
12m
Barriers
1 Question
7m
Classes of Medications for Deprescribing
1 Question
12m
Pre-reflection
1 Question
Planning Withdrawal
2 Questions
13m
Post-reflection
1 Question

What you'll learn:

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

Who it's for:

This Ausmed Course is most relevant to pharmacists, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals who prescribe medications or are heavily involved in medication management.

Why it's needed:

Cessation of medications may be a particularly appropriate action in certain clinical situations amongst older adults.

There is a need for education on how to safely and appropriately review a patient’s medication regime and cease unnecessary prescriptions, as this can lead to an improved quality of life for patients.

Purpose

The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to enable learners to confidently consider whether to continue, reduce or cease medications that are not effective or may no longer be appropriate for a particular person.

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Last updated16 May 2024

Published13 May 2018

Due for review29 Aug 2024
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This course has been published with the American Nurses Credentialing Center Accreditation.
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