Reducing inappropriate polypharmacy: the process of deprescribing.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Polypharmacy in older patients is a predictor of medication errors. However, deprescribing—stopping or reducing medicines in a patient's drug regimen—can introduce opportunities for harm if not done appropriately. This commentary presents a protocol to enhance the safety of deprescribing by considering the medication therapy needs of each individual patient.