Join a national initiative that aims to reduce potentially inappropriate medication in elderly patients

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2021

Graph showing rates of polypharmacy

Where does your practice fall in rates of polypharmacy?

Illustration of a doctor holding back medications

Polypharmacy increases the likelihood of adverse drug reactions. Join a national initiative on deprescribing to reduce potentially inappropriate medications in elderly patients.

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, more than one in four Canadians 65 years of age or older are prescribed over ten unique medications per year.

Would you like assistance in reducing potentially inappropriate medications in your elderly patients? Join forces with the Ottawa Practice Enhancement Network (OPEN) and other primary care practice networks across Canada to study the SPIDER (a Structured Process Informed by Data, Evidence and Research) approach in deprescribing unnecessary medications in complex elderly patients.

The SPIDER study:

  • Aligns with Choosing Wisely
  • Helps practices meet Quality Improvement Plan expectations

There is no cost to you for participating in the SPIDER study, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada has certified our Launch Collaborative workshop for up to 9 MainPro+ credits. If you are interested in more information, please email

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