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Assessment and Management Tool – EMPOWER Sedative Deprescribing Tool

A patient education tool to assist with deprescribing sedatives, created by Canadian Deprescribing Network. A pilot study using the EMPOWER tool with hospitalized older adults found that sedatives were deprescribed in 64% of the participants (vs. the  hospital’s historical rate of 21%) with no worsening of self-reported sleep. To read more about the study, click here.


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Assessment and Management Tool – SF7 Polypharmacy Toolkit

The SF7 Toolkit supports clinical best practices for healthcare providers across the sectors of care and includes self-management tools for older adults and their caregivers. The toolkit provides a common practice framework that complements the unique skills and practices of the various care providers helping older adults. SF7 focuses on seven clinical areas that support resilience, independence, and quality of life: cognition (particularly delirium), mobility, social engagement, continence, pain, nutrition, and polypharmacy.

The SF7 toolkit is available by individual topic, or bundled together. Click here to access the SF7 Toolkit.

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Other – GiiC Overview

This document provides an overview of the Geriatrics Interprofessional Interorganizational Collaboration (GiiC) initiative and includes a list of resources which were included in the 2008 toolkit. Resources from this toolkit are available on request.

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Patient Resource – 5 Questions to Ask About Your Medications

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP) has developed 5 questions to help patients and caregivers start a conversation about medications to improve communications with their healthcare provider, especially during transitions in care. Posted with permission by ISMP.

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Presentation – Deprescribing in the Hospital

Click here for a recording of the presentation. This presentation in March 2017 by Dr. Cara Tannenbaum provides practical information on polypharmacy and how to deprescribe in the hospital setting.

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Presentation – Polypharmacy in Older Adults: It’s in the eye of the beholder

This presentation by Lawrence Jackson at the sfCare Intersectoral Conference in May 2018 describes the impact of polypharmacy on older adults, and looks at strategies to address the issue.

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