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Factors influencing deprescribing habits among geriatricians (Australia)

International Literature

posted by WM Admin on 24 June 2015

In this exploratory analysis, an anonymised electronic survey was disseminated to all members of an international geriatric society/local advanced trainee network to explore deprescribing habits among physicians managing older, frailer, cognitively impaired patients.

Among 134 respondents, "... geriatricians rated limited life expectancy and cognitive impairment very important in driving deprescribing practices. Geriatricians more often deprescribed multiple medications in the setting of advancing dependency and cognitive impairment, driven by dementia severity and pill burden concerns. Physician characteristics also influence deprescribing practices". The authors describe a need for further research.

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Ní Chróinín, D., et al. (2015). Factors influencing deprescribing habits among geriatricians. Age and Ageing, 44(4), 704-708.