The term ‘deprescribing’ refers to the tapering, stopping, discontinuing or withdrawing of medications for the benefit of patients. It was first used 20 years ago in an article titled ‘Deprescribing: achieving better health outcomes for older people through reducing medications’ by Michael C Woodward. Since then, the body of literature has exploded.
In this ‘Spotlight’ episode of The PJ Pod, we talk to the author of a paper about deprescribing inappropriate analgesia in community pharmacy, from our sister journal the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (IJPP), and to the guest editor of a themed collection on deprescribing, which was recently published by IJPP. The collection features a range of article types from across the globe and captures the breadth of research that is taking place across sectors in different patient groups to better understand how deprescribing can become part of routine practice.
Many thanks to Sion Scott, lecturer in behavioural medicine at the University of Leicester, and Hamde Nazar, senior lecturer at the School of Pharmacy at Newcastle University, for their expertise.
This programme is presented by Caitlin Killen, assistant clinical editor, research and learning, and was produced by Geoff Marsh.