The state of deprescribing research: How did we get here?

Emily Reeve, Wade Thompson, Cynthia Boyd, Carina Lundby, Michael A. Steinman

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The term deprescribing first appeared in the English medical literature in 20031; however, use of the term did not catch on widely until about 2016 and it has had an exponential rise in use in academia since then. Deprescribing is the process of withdrawal of medications where the harms outweigh the benefits (in the individual), supervised by a healthcare professional.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-660
Number of pages4
JournalBasic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


  • deprescribing
  • pharmacoepidemiology
  • polypharmacy
  • potentially inappropriate medication use
  • translation to practice

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