Deprescribing: Achieving Patient Goals while Minimizing Medication Burden for Patients Living with Advanced Illness

Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm
Format: Virtual Presentation


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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.