NPS MedicineWise is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Their mission is to improve health through safe and wise use of medicines and other health technologies. NPS MedicineWise has information, resources, webinars and podcasts for consumers and health professionals. A useful resource of theirs is Medicine Finder where information can be found on medicine by searching for the active ingredient or brand name.
Ask Share Know
Ask Share Know aims to encourage and empower people to be involved in decisions about their health. The Ask Share Know GP network aims to test and translate resources to improve the use of evidence-based practice and shared decision making. They have questions to ask your doctor, evidence summaries and decision support resources. The Ask Share Know GP network is part of a National Health and Medical Council funded Centre for Research Excellence called “Ask, Share, Know: Rapid Evidence for General Practice Decisions”.
Wiser Healthcare is a group of collaborating researchers based in Australia. Wiser Healthcare is funded by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Their aim is to conduct research that will reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment in Australia and around the world.
Choosing Wisely Australia
Choosing Wisely Australia is an initiative of NPS MedicineWise. Choosing Wisely Australia is part of a global healthcare initiative to improve the safety and quality of healthcare. Their aim is to get Australian clinicians and consumers to engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures to ensure high quality care.
MATCH-D: Medication Appropriateness Tool for Comorbid Health conditions in Dementia
A team of Australian researchers have developed a tool about the appropriateness of medications for people living with dementia who have other health conditions. The researchers are part of the Centre for Health and Ageing, University of Western Australia Centre for Optimisation of Medicines, University of Western Australia and the University of Sydney.
International deprescribing resources and organisations
Deprescribing information for researchers, healthcare professionals and consumers. Evidence-based decision-support algorithms for deprescribing proton pump inhibitors, benzodiazepines, antipsychotics and antihyperglycemics. They have information about research occurring on deprescribing in Canada and internationally. This website is developed and supported by research teams at the Bruyère Research Institute (Ottawa) and Université de Montréal (Dr. Barbara Farrell and Dr. Cara Tannenbaum).
5 Questions to ask about your medications
5 questions to help consumers and caregivers start a conversation about medications. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada), the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Patients for Patient Safety Canada, the Canadian Pharmacists Association and the Canadian Society for Hospital Pharmacists have collaborated to develop these questions.
Information about medication side effects for consumers and lists of medications to avoid. They have additional information on antidepressants, antipsychotics, dopamine agonists and others.
The Deprescribing blog is interesting and insightful, hosted by pharmacists and postdoctoral researchers, Carina Lundby and Wade Thompson. They’ll supply you with deprescribing content and analysis on a monthly basis.
Polypharmacy: Manage Medicines
Information about medications, medication reviews, resources and decision-making tools for consumers and healthcare professionals. The Scottish Government Effective Prescribing and Therapeutics team provide this app and website.
For patients and carers click here
For healthcare professionals click here
Odense Deprescribing INitiative (ODIN) aims to facilitate more rational use of medication through deprescribing research and implementation activities. ODIN is a collaboration between research units located in Odense, Denmark: Hospital Pharmacy Funen, the Geriatric Department, and Clinical Pharmacology, all at Odense University Hospital, and the Research Unit of General Practice and Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacy, both at the University of Southern Denmark.
Deprescribing networks around
USDeN US Deprescribing Research Network
Funded by the US National Institute on Aging, USDeN develops and disseminates evidence about deprescribing for older adults, and in doing so helps improve medication use among older adults and the outcomes that are important to them. The network’s key activities are designed to provide resources and supports that will catalyze expansion of the quality, quantity, and ultimate impact of deprescribing research, and to promote mutual learning and collaboration.