Medication Safety LAN Event: April 2019

Topic: Finding the Balance between Medication Benefits and Burdens: Implementing Appropriate and Safe Prescribing

Date: Wednesday, April 102019


This Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event was open to beneficiaries, families, healthcare providers, practitioners, partners, and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations.

Event Description:

This Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event featured speakers from the Canadian Deprescribing Network, a QIO’s de-escalation algorithm for discontinuing medication when burdens outweigh the benefits, and a patient advocate who shared his story on safe medication use. Topics included approaches to safe prescribing and medication discontinuation practices, and a patient perspective on the importance of safe and effective medication management. This event addressed various approaches and resources available to you or your patients. 

Click here for the event flyer.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate how deprescribing may decrease adverse events, such as falls
  • Outline a process for educating prescribers and patients on safely discontinuing medications if burden outweighs benefits
  • List examples of how appropriate and safe prescribing can directly benefit patients who take multiple medications

Slides & Recorded Presentation:

Meet the Speakers:

Barbara Farrell, BScPhm, PharmD, FCSHP
Geriatric Day Hospital/​Bruyère Research Institute

Justin Turner, PhD, BPharm, MClinPharm
Senior Advisor, Science Strategy for the Canadian Deprescribing Network
University of Montreal

Amanda Ryan, PharmD, CGP
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Medication Safety SME
Qsource/​atom Alliance

William Gossard, BS, MBA
Patient Advocate
Tipton, IN

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