Appropriate deprescribing in older people: a challenging necessity Commentary to accompany themed collection on deprescribing
journal contributionposted on 03.08.2022, 16:16 authored by Nathalie van der Velde, Jatinder S Minhas
Older people are often taking several medications for a number of different medical conditions. Although physicians prescribe medications to treat diseases and symptoms, there may be also harmful side effects, especially so in older people taking several medications. Unfortunately, regular review of the benefits or risks of prescribed medications is as of yet not part of standard care. Also, data on how and in whom to stop medications in older people are scarce. The reason this is an important area of work is that medication related issues in older people are a common cause of harm, including both expected and unexpected effects of medications. Research to date tells us that to ensure successful implementation of structured and appropriate deprescribing, careful planning within hospital systems is needed. This includes involving different members of the team to ensure the patients truly benefit. The themed collection published on the Age and Ageing journal website offers key articles providing tools to assist decision-making, implementation strategies and multidisciplinary interventions-all with the aim of improving patient outcome and sustainability of deprescribing approaches.