Many seniors remain unaware that certain medications may be harmful, despite high rates of polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use among community-dwelling older adults. Patient education is an effective method for reducing the use of inappropriate medications. Increasing public awareness and engagement is essential for promoting shared decision-making to deprescribe.
The Canadian Deprescribing Network was created to address the lack of a systematic pan-Canadian initiative to implement deprescribing among older Canadians. The Canadian Deprescribing Network deliberately included patient advocates in its organisation from the outset, in order to ensure a key strategic focus on public awareness and education.
In this paper, Turner et al. present the processes and activities rolled out by the Canadian Deprescribing Network as a blueprint model for engaging the public on deprescribing.