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Deprescribing for older adults: the keys to success

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 12 to 1 pm ET

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Medication interactions as an outcome of polypharmacy have long-term consequences on the health and well-being of older adults. One approach to addressing the harmful effects of polypharmacy is deprescribing. This presentation provides an overview of the nurse’s role in deprescribing by:

  • Examining facts about the problem of unnecessary or potentially harmful drugs in older adults and why deprescribing is a potential solution
  • Identifying concrete ways for nurses to become active in safe deprescribing for older adults across the care continuum
  • Discussing the utilization of deprescribing tools and resources available to support nursing practice
  • Demonstrating effective communication techniques to engage patients and their caregivers in the deprescribing process

Presented by:

Winnie Sun, RN, PhD
Assistant Professor
Ontario Tech University

Dr. Sun previously held a post-doctoral fellowship at AGE-WELL, Canada’s Technology and Aging Network. In 2014, she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. An expert in gerontology and community health nursing, Dr. Sun is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Ontario Tech University where she focuses her research on deprescribing of medications, particularly among older adults whom she is passionate about helping them live independently at home for as long as possible.


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