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When it comes to medication regimens, less is actually more in reducing transmission. The fewer number of medications that need to be administered, the fewer opportunities for potential disease transmission to residents and participants. This is where de-prescribing comes in.
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De-prescribing is the active process of optimizing a person’s medication list to remove medications that are no longer beneficial or could be causing harm. De-prescribing is part of good prescribing – backing off when doses are too high, or stopping medications that are no longer needed.
The number of medications that a person is prescribed can accumulate in different ways over time. On-going de-prescribing considerations should be a part of any comprehensive medication management program. Monitoring and regular evaluations help ensure that residents and participants are only taking the medications they truly need at any given time.
There are many benefits to de-prescribing both clinically and for patient wellbeing. The recent pandemic underscores one of the primary benefits–the effectiveness of de-prescribing in limiting disease transmission during medication administration.
De-prescribing is a collaborative and progressive process with notable benefits.
Every opportunity to reduce transmission risk in aging adults is a good one, pandemic or not. When done right, de-prescribing can help reduce exposure and actually improve overall patient health.