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Polypharmacy Risk Reduction

Taking multiple medications, or polypharmacy, is a risk factor for serious adverse events for our seniors community, especially for frail seniors. 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 seniors, 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 are an integral part of the General Practice Services Committee's Residential Care Initiative.

Acute Care and Transition

Currently, prototyping is being carried out in four medical and four surgical units at eight hospitals across BC. The goal is 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 seniors and the 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