Inappropriate prescribing and polypharmacy in older persons are associated with increased risks of falls, adverse drug events, hospital admissions, and death. Given these potential risks, it is imperative to find ways to manage the care of such patients. One approach to handling unnecessary medication use and polypharmacy has been coined “deprescribing”. Given the consequences of inappropriate medication use in older patients, it is an important topic to bring to light. Deprescribing is the process of tapering, stopping, discontinuing, or withdrawing drugs, with the goal of managing polypharmacy and improving patient outcomes. Take this
At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, participants will be able to:
- Define the primary goal of deprescribing
- Compare patient-, medication-, and protocol-based strategies to implement deprescribing in practice
- Identify potential barriers to deprescribing and how to mitigate them.
Activity type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists
Learning Level: 2
The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following online activity is approved for 0.5 contact hour(s) of CPE credit (0.5 CEUs). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-19-139-H05-P.
To obtain credit for completing Keep Up! Deprescribing, complete the learning activity, evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid pharmacist.com username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.
Initial release date: March 15, 2019
Expiration date: March 15, 2022
Keep Up! Deprescribing is an online educational activity for pharmacists developed by the University of Mississippi. The executive producer for this online activity is Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP.
Andrew Burton, Pharm.D.
Brittney Williams Pharm.D.
Charity Nora, Pharm.D.
Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP; Andrew Burton, Pharm.D.; Brittney Williams Pharm.D.; Charity Nora, Pharm.D; and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at www.pharmacist.com/apha-disclosures.
Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association.
There is no fee for this activity.
Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity. Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements.