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Polypharmacy Risk Reduction

Taking multiple medications, or polypharmacy, is a risk factor for serious adverse events for our elderly community, especially for the frail elderly. With each medication taken, the risk of confusion, falls and other negative impacts rises exponentially.

The Shared Care Polypharmacy Risk Reduction initiative aims to reduce risks of polypharmacy for this population, by providing physicians with tools and strategies to reduce medications for improved safety and quality of life. 

This initiative is being implemented in phases, focusing on prescribing in the following care settings:

Residential Care

This phase has now completed. Meaningful Medication Reviews, and spread and sutainability of this initiative are an integral part of the General Practice Services Committee's Residential Care Initiative.

Click here to learn about the Residential Care work of each division. 

Acute Care and Transition

This phase has now been completed. There were two waves that encompassed five medical units and three surgical hip fracture units at eight hospitals across BC. The goal was to learn how to reduce risk of polypharmacy from the point of a patient's admission to acute care, during their stay, and after discharge to their home or to residential care.

Community Care

Building on what we’ve learned working with residential and acute care settings, and as the development of the Patient Medical Home and Primary Care Networks gets underway, we will be supporting physicians to reduce risks of polypharmacy for the elderly and frail in their community practices. 

Related Initiatives

General Practice Services Committee Residential Care Initiative (RCI)

BCPSQC - Call for Less Antipsychotics in Residential Care (CLeAR)



Keith White, Physician Lead

Chris Rauscher, Clinical Lead

Jessica Nadler, Project Coordinator