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Journal Article
Study

Deprescribing as a clinical improvement focus.

Dharmarajan TS, Choi H, Hossain N, et al. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2020;21(3):355-360.

Polypharmacy is a predictor of medication errors in older adults.  Deprescribing is one approach to managing polypharmacy by reducing the dosage or number of medications and thereby reducing the risk for adverse drug events.  This study reported successful deprescribing in both long-term care and outpatient encounters, with an average of 1.3 deprescribed medications per encounter.