Deprescribing in Hospice:
Decisions, Discussions, & The Goals of Care
Presented by pioneering hospice physician, Marcia Levetown, MD
Polypharmacy is a common problem in hospice, and it is associated with a host of serious problems, including falls, decreased cognition, and diminished quality of life. The World Health Organization defines polypharmacy as "the administration of many drugs at the same time or the administration of an excessive number of drugs.” A 2010 study found that patients being admitted to hospice were on an average of 16 prescribed medications.
Deprescribing is the process of reviewing a patient’s medications to identify and manage those that cause more harm than good. While the goal of deprescribing in hospice is to improve the patient’s quality of life, it has the added benefit of reducing cost and improving medication adherence.
Join us for a free webinar presented by pioneering hospice physician Marcia Levetown, MD. Dr. Levetown will demystify the deprescribing process and explain how the patient's conditions, illness severity, age, life expectancy, care goals, and personal preferences are taken in account. Dr. Levetown will valuable insights about how to develop a successful QAPI project on deprescribing and how to talk about medication with patients and families.
Attend to learn:
- The scope of the problem of polypharmacy
- Common medications that cause harm and can be deprescribed in hospice
- How to optimize your approach for clinicians, patients, and families to have a successful deprescribing QAPI project
Don’t miss this opportunity for you and your team to learn from one of hospice’s most influential thought leaders!
About the Presenter
Dr. Marcia Levetown was among the first physicians in the U.S. to be certified in hospice and palliative medicine in 2008. She has been a pioneer in the field since 1994 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has held professorships in internal medicine and pediatrics, has served as the inaugural chair of the Institute of Palliative Care at the Methodist Hospice in Houston, Texas, as regional medical director for Vitas, and served on an IOM Committee. She is a highly sought after speaker and is the author of two books, several chapters in leading PC textbooks, and many articles and national policies on ethics and palliative care topics.
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