The Canadian Deprescribing Network

The Canadian Deprescribing Network is a group of health care leaders, clinicians, decision-makers, academic researchers and patient advocates working together to mobilize knowledge and promote the deprescribing of medication that may no longer be of benefit or that may be causing harm. 

Deprescribing is the planned and supervised process of reducing or stopping medications that may no longer be of benefit or may be causing harm. The goal is to reduce medication burden and harm, while maintaining or improving quality of life.

our goals

  • Raise awareness and eliminate the use of potentially inappropriate medications for Canadian seniors.

  • Ensure access to safer drug and non-drug therapies.

OUr approach

The Canadian Deprescribing Network uses a practical, comprehensive, ecological approach to optimize medication use through coordinated action across Canada’s health system. Check out our publication in the Canadian Journal on Aging (2017). The figure below is featured in the article and shows the various stakeholders involved in the network and their roles.

*The Network does not maintain any links with the pharmaceutical industry.

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The Canadian Deprescribing Network is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Santé et Services sociaux Québec.