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Polypharmacy Reading

Required readings and an optional reading.
Required Readings

  • Polypharmacy: Guidelines for review of medications.

The article discusses the importance of adopting a “less is more” approach to medication management in the Palliative Care setting, similar to the approach often taken in geriatric care. It emphasizes that Palliative Care is not just for patients at end-of-life but also for those with serious or life-limiting illnesses. The article suggests using the “surprise question” as a simple tool to evaluate whether aggressive medication therapy is appropriate for a patient. If clinicians wouldn’t be surprised if the patient were not alive one year from now, it may be worth reconsidering medication goals. The article advocates for regularly reviewing the goals of care, engaging in effective communication, and shared decision-making to guide medication therapy and improve outcomes for patients with serious illnesses.

https://www.pbm.va.gov/PBM/linksotherresources/ezminutes/docs/Reducing_Polypharmacy_in_the_Palliative_Care_Setting.pdf

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