Pharmacotherapy and deprescribing

Emily Reeve, Sarah N. Hilmer, Ian Scott

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This chapter discusses the concept and practice of deprescribing. Deprescribing has been defined as the process of identifying and withdrawing an inappropriate medication, supervised by a health-care professional. Evidence on the outcomes of deprescribing (benefits and safety) is presented followed by a discussion of the barriers to, enablers of and the process of deprescribing. The chapter concludes with a summary of evidence to date of pharmacists’ involvement and the potential future role that pharmacists could play in deprescribing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Pharmacy Practice and Clinical Pharmacy
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128127353
ISBN (Print)9780128127360
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Adverse drug events
  • Deprescribing
  • Drug burden
  • Geriatrics
  • Inappropriate medication use
  • Older adults
  • Pharmacy
  • Polypharmacy

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