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Learnings from an Overview of Deprescribing Systematic Reviews
Rigorous evidence to guide deprescribing is limited, and priorities to inform deprescribing research and practice remain unclear. Further, it is not known if there are medication targets or patient groups that are most likely to yield the greatest benefit in improving outcomes to inform allocation of limited healthcare resources. This study, funded as part of the US Deprescribing Research Network (USDeN), is novel in that it is the first overview of systematic reviews that has collated deprescribing research conducted in older adults.

Upon completion of this presentation, attendees should be able to:
• Understand the approach and rationale to conducting an overview of systematic reviews.
• Discuss the results as it relates to vulnerable subgroups, medication-related and downstream outcomes.
• Describe opportunities to enhance future deprescribing research

Aug 9, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Shelly Gray, PharmD, MS, AGSF, FASCP
Professor | Director of the Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education and Outreach @University of Washington
Shelly L. Gray, Pharm.D., MS, AGSF, FASCP is Professor and Endowed Director of the Plein Center for Geriatric Pharmacy Research, Education and Outreach at the University of Washington, School of Pharmacy. As the inaugural Director of the Plein Center, she oversees the efforts to advance geriatric pharmacy education, research, and outreach to optimize older adults’ medication outcomes and promote healthy aging. She has expertise in pharmacoepidemiology and has published several studies evaluating the risks associated with medication use (e.g., anticholinergics, benzodiazepines) and important health outcomes, including falls, fractures, and dementia. She is currently co-leading a deprescribing clinical trial funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention entitled, Reducing CNS-active Medications to Prevent Falls and Injuries in Older Adults. She has been an investigator on numerous federally funded research grants and has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications.