Deprescribing: Achieving Patient Goals while Minimizing Medication Burden for Patients Living with Advanced Illness
This free virtual CME offering will present an evidence-based approach to deprescribing medications for patients living with serious illness. We will discuss opportunities to align medication management with the patient’s goals and prognosis, in the context of a realistic assessment of time to benefit for preventative medications for chronic conditions.
Deprescribing is a strategy to reduce or discontinue medications that may no longer be of benefit or may be causing harm, thus decreasing medication burden with a goal of improving quality of life.
- To develop an approach to deprescribing medications in serious illness and advanced frailty based on goals of care, burdens to patients and time-to-benefit.
- To consider evidence for medications shown to lack benefit in the last year of life.
- To offer model language for discussing benefits and burdens of medications with patients and families based on relieving symptoms and maximizing quality of life.
Elizabeth Hart, MD is a family physician with additional board certifications in both Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She serves as Director of Medical Services and Hospice Medical Director at Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice.