HealthDay News — The majority of older patients are aware of medication harms, but far fewer understand deprescribing, according to a brief report published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Justin P. Turner, PhD, from the University of Montreal, and colleagues analyzed data from a survey of community-dwelling adults aged 65 years and older (2665 total participants; 898 men; mean age, 74.9 years) to determine older adults’ awareness of the concept of medication-induced harm.
The researchers found that nearly two-thirds of participants (65.2%) were familiar with the concept of medication-induced harms. Nearly half (48%) had researched medication-related harms either through the internet (35.5%) or from health care professionals (32.2%). However, only 6.9% recognized the term deprescribing.
“Health care providers can facilitate patient-initiated deprescribing conversations by providing information on medication harms and using the term ‘deprescribing,'” the authors write.
One author disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
Turner JP, Tannenbaum C. Older adults’ awareness of deprescribing: a population-based survey [published online September 15, 2017]. J Am Geriatr. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15079