Deprescribing: a fancy word for ceasing?

What’s in a name? Cessation and fewer medications by any name would smell as sweet! However, if we name it we can measure it and what gets measured gets managed. There are a lot of savings in deprescribing – governments and care givers should be all over it. GPs can, should, and will show them the way. Great blog!

drjustincoleman

DeprescribingWhat’s old is new again. Hipster beards are so in, they’re out, and where we used to simply cease medications—we now deprescribe them.

The art of commencing medicinal herbs dates back to Neolithic times. The art of stopping them began about a week later.

Probably why Hippocrates had to remind us to do no harm.

With this history, we gen-dinosaur GPs have recently been scratching our beardy chins wondering how we missed the memo that deprescribing is now a ‘thing’.

Mind you; old or new, learning how to stop medication is critical for patient care. And hopefully, now we have a word for it, tomorrow’s deprescribers will do it smarter and harder than we ever did.

Our generation received no explicit teaching, gleaning what we could from our mentors and, no doubt, from our mistakes.

A recent article in The Conversation highlights the dubious practice of using one…

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