What Is the Meaning of Deprescribing in Hospice Care?

June 16, 2021

What Is the Meaning of Deprescribing?

According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, deprescribing, an integral component of a continuum of good prescribing practices, is the process of medication withdrawal or dose reduction to correct or prevent medication-related complications, improve outcomes and reduce costs. 

Without a doubt, deprescribing is an important aspect of the hospice world. Always consider the balance of risks and benefits at the level of the individual, as well as remembering to deprescribe if it improves the patient’s quality of life. 

Goals to Reduce Medication Intake 

Some goals that you can strive for regarding medication intake are:

  • Removal or dose reduction of medication in an organized manner 
  • Reduce pill burden
  • Lessen the risk of adverse drug events 
  • Oversight of the deprescribing process by an appropriate member of the healthcare team
  • Improving one or more specific outcomes 
  • Enhanced quality of life 


Medications Not Recommended for Frail or Elderly 

  • Antipsychotics 1st and 2nd generation 
  • Benzodiazepines 
  • Antidepressants (tricyclics)


Technology Is Producing Better Patient Outcomes in Hospice Deprescribing

The conversation of deprescribing can be difficult. However, it can be an easier conversation when patients, families, and physicians know the benefits and risks of different medications. Always have a plan and ask questions when something is unclear. The main goal should be to provide patient care and improve quality of life when it comes to medication. 

Wise Hospice Options and KanTime Healthcare Software teamed up together to discuss the meaning of deprescribing and why it’s important.

They also discussed some goals to reduce medication intake, what medications are not recommended for elderly patients, and best practices. 

Watch the full webinar here to learn more about deprescribing in hospice care and how technology is impacting patient outcomes. Request a demo to experience the benefits of the #1 hospice EMR solution.  

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