aAdjudicated for the secondary outcome, ie, deprescribing effectiveness at discharge. ADE denotes adverse drug event; PIM, potentially inappropriate medication.
eMethods. Table of Contents and Section A-I
eTable 1. Details of the Timing of Deprescribing Report Reviews
eTable 2. Additional Details of Academic Detailing by Site
eFigure 1. Study Design Diagram
eFigure 2. ADWEs are a subcategory of all ADEs
eTable 3. Classification of Adverse Drug Events by Intervention Status
eTable 4. Sensitivity Analysis for the Primary Outcome of 30-day Adverse Drug Events that Includes Grade 4 Possible Adverse Drug Events (ADE)
eFigure 3. Subgroup effects by Intervention Status for the Primary Outcome of 30-day Adverse Drug Events
eTable 5. PROMIS Sleep Disturbance Score Pre- and Post-hospitalization by Intervention Status
eTable 6. Sleep Quality Pre- and Post-hospitalization by Intervention Status
eTable 7. Sleep is Refreshing Pre- and Post-hospitalization by Intervention Status
eTable 8. Trouble Sleeping Pre- and Post-hospitalization by Intervention Status
eTable 9. Difficulty Falling Asleep Pre- and Post-hospitalization by Intervention Status
eTable 10. Quality of Life by Intervention Status
eFigure 4. Subgroup Effects by Intervention Status for the Secondary Outcome of Proportion with 1 or more Potentially Inappropriate Medications Deprescribed
eFigure 5. Unadjusted Number of PIMs Stopped in Control vs Intervention
eTable 11. Sensitivity Analyses
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McDonald EG, Wu PE, Rashidi B, et al. The MedSafer Study—Electronic Decision Support for Deprescribing in Hospitalized Older Adults: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2022;182(3):265–273. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.7429
Does providing clinical decision support during an acute care hospitalization improve deprescribing of potentially inappropriate medications and 30-day postdischarge adverse drug events (ADEs) in older adults?
This cluster randomized multicenter trial of 5698 hospitalized participants found that providing electronically generated deprescribing reports did not have a significant impact on ADEs within 30 days despite increased deprescribing at discharge.
The findings of this randomized clinical trial indicate that clinical decision support during hospitalization improves deprescribing but has little impact on medication harms in the short term.
Scalable deprescribing interventions may reduce polypharmacy and the use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs); however, few studies have been large enough to evaluate the impact that deprescribing may have on adverse drug events (ADEs).
To evaluate the effect of an electronic deprescribing decision support tool on ADEs after hospital discharge among older adults with polypharmacy.
Design, Setting, and Participants
This was a cluster randomized clinical trial of older (≥65 years) hospitalized patients with an expected survival of more than 3 months who were admitted to 1 of 11 acute care hospitals in Canada from August 22, 2017, to January 13, 2020. At admission, participants were taking 5 or more medications per day. Data analyses were performed from January 3, 2021, to September 23, 2021.
Personalized reports of deprescribing opportunities generated by MedSafer software to address usual home medications and measures of prognosis and frailty. Deprescribing reports provided to the treating team were compared with usual care (medication reconciliation).
Main Outcomes and Measures
The primary outcome was a reduction of ADEs within the first 30 days postdischarge (including adverse drug withdrawal events) captured through structured telephone surveys and adjudicated blinded to intervention status. Secondary outcomes were the proportion of patients with 1 or more PIMs deprescribed at discharge and the proportion of patients with an adverse drug withdrawal event (ADWE).
A total of 5698 participants (median [range] age, 78 [72-85] years; 2858 [50.2%] women; race and ethnicity data were not collected) were enrolled in 3 clusters and were adjudicated for the primary outcome (control, 3204; intervention, 2494). Despite cluster randomization, there were group imbalances, eg, the participants in the intervention arm were older and had more PIMS prescribed at baseline. After hospital discharge, 4989 (87.6%) participants completed an ADE interview. There was no significant difference in ADEs within 30 days of discharge (138 [5.0%] of 2742 control vs 111 [4.9%] of 2247 intervention participants; adjusted risk difference [aRD] −0.8%; 95% CI, −2.9% to 1.3%). Deprescribing increased from 795 (29.8%) of 2667 control to 1249 (55.4%) of 2256 intervention participants [aRD, 22.2%; 95% CI, 16.9% to 27.4%]. There was no difference in ADWEs between groups. Several post hoc sensitivity analyses, including the use of a nonparametric test to address the low cluster number, group imbalances, and potential biases, did not alter study conclusions.
Conclusions and Relevance
This cluster randomized clinical trial showed that providing deprescribing clinical decision support during acute hospitalization had no demonstrable impact on ADEs, although the intervention was safe and led to improvements in deprescribing.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03272607
Deprescribing is the medically supervised tapering or cessation of medications that are no longer needed or beneficial, including medications that are potentially inappropriate (PIMs), time delimited, ineffective, or that do not align with goals of care.1 After an acute care hospitalization, adverse drug events (ADEs) are common and up to 60% are considered preventable.2 Deprescribing PIMs at hospital discharge to prevent ADEs could be advantageous; however, several barriers exist.3,4 First, hospital practitioners focused on acute care requirements may be reluctant to alter long-term outpatient therapies managed by other prescribers, particularly if they do not follow patients postdischarge.5 Second, not all centers include routine pharmacist or geriatrician subspecialties to support interprofessional care. Third, some prescribers fear that stopping or reducing a drug can lead to adverse effects.6 Fourth, despite deprescribing opportunities, therapeutic inertia is common7,8; true even for low-risk drugs with no withdrawal concerns9 and more so for drugs with higher risks of harm.10 Even when adverse events occur, opportunities to deprescribe are not always recognized or acted on.11,12 To our knowledge, prior studies of interventions to reduce PIMs while in hospital13-15 have tended to be underpowered and nonrandomized or did not capture postdischarge ADEs.
We previously developed and tested an electronic decision support tool,16 MedSafer, in a pilot controlled before and after study of deprescribing in the acute care setting. MedSafer integrates data available in the electronic health record (EHR)17 to generate reports with evidence-based deprescribing opportunities, stratified according to prespecified expert consensus of perceived drug risks. In our pilot study, providing MedSafer reports to practitioners increased the absolute rate of PIM deprescribing by 8.3%.16 The primary objective of the present study was to perform a large stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial to evaluate the impact of MedSafer deprescribing reports on 30-day postdischarge ADEs. The secondary objectives were to assess the impact of MedSafer reports on deprescribing and on safety outcomes related to adverse drug withdrawal events (ADWEs).
We evaluated the use of MedSafer using a cluster randomized trial at 11 participating acute care hospitals in Canada. All hospital sites obtained study approvals from their local research ethics board and administration. Potentially eligible patients were approached for their consent to the 30-day postdischarge telephone interview; a family member or proxy granted consent for patients lacking capacity, in accordance with the ethics regulations of Canada.18 The trial protocol and statistical analysis plan are available in Supplement 1. The study followed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) reporting guidelines extension for cluster randomized trials.19
The study was conducted with patients admitted to a participating site from August 22, 2017, to January 13, 2020. Each participating site had a control phase followed by an intervention phase. The timing of the intervention varied by cluster, and the order of entry into the intervention was determined centrally by a randomized sequence generated by statistical software. Study sites were kept blinded until approximately 4 weeks prior to their allocation to the intervention to allow for preparation. Clusters were scheduled to move from 1 period to the next every approximately 500 recruited patients. One cluster (Western Canada) had 2 periods when they were able to recruit only 250 participants of the planned 500 because patients had been transferred to nonstudy units.
Patients aged 65 years and older who were regularly taking 5 or more usual medications prior to admission were eligible. Patients receiving palliative care with an expected prognosis of more than 3 months were included. Readmitted patients were eligible only if they had not been previously enrolled in the study. Additional study design details, including the composition of the clusters, are available in the eMethods, eFigure 1, and eTables 1 and 2 of Supplement 2.
During the control period, patients received usual care (having a best-possible medication history performed), with medication reconciliation at hospital admission and discharge.20 Any deprescribing that took place was based on local and individual practice by the unit physicians and pharmacists. A trained research assistant extracted medical conditions and specific laboratory values from the comprehensive admission notes and entered these data, along with the prehospital medications list, into MedSafer. Any changes to home medications at discharge were captured from exit prescriptions and/or medication reconciliation documents.
The main intervention was the provision of individualized deprescribing reports based on evidence-based guidelines for safer prescribing in older adults,21-23 with tapering instructions when indicated. The report prioritized opportunities for deprescribing based on prespecified expert consensus as either: (1) high-risk PIMs (harms outweigh benefits for most); (2) intermediate-risk PIMs (harms may approximate benefits, clinical judgment required); and (3) PIMs of little added value (medication shown to be ineffective or adds to pill burden). Opportunities for deprescribing were generated by cross-referencing medical conditions, laboratory values, and home medication lists with evidence-based guidelines for safer prescribing in older adults, described previously.16,24
Deprescribing reports were provided to the treating team within 3 business days of patient admission and were designed to engage the physician and the hospital pharmacy team. At discharge, the report was sent by facsimile to the patient’s community pharmacy and the self-identified usual treating physician(s). Patients or their caregivers received an educational pamphlet on deprescribing, as well as relevant patient-oriented deprescribing pamphlets from the Canadian Deprescribing Network for select classes of medications, such as sedative-hypnotics.25 Other site-specific procedures are detailed in the eMethods of Supplement 2.
Patients were assessed according to the Clinical Frailty Scale.26 If capable of doing so, patients completed the PROMIS SD 4a (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System short form, version 1.0, sleep disturbance 4a27) to describe their sleep status before and after hospitalization.
The primary outcome was the proportion of patients experiencing an ADE within the first 30 days after hospital discharge in the intervention vs the control phases, including ADWEs, which are a subset of ADEs (eFigure 2 in Supplement 2). Patients or proxies consented to a structured telephone interview approximately 30 days after hospital discharge, conducted by an experienced interviewer and blinded to the intervention status.28 The interview consisted of a modified Australian Adverse Reaction and Drug Event report29 and questions about medication changes, new or worsening symptoms, and planned or unplanned visits to medical professionals. Details of the interview were previously described16 and are available in the eMethods of Supplement 2. If a patient was readmitted to the hospital, a detailed review of the EHR was performed and the reason(s) for readmission was identified.
The adjudication of ADEs was performed by trained study investigators blinded to patient identification, hospital site, province, and the intervention status. In brief, reviewers were first asked to determine if an adverse event had occurred (eg, a fall, emergency department visit, hospitalization, unplanned health care visit) and then, using a Leape and Bates Likert scale,30 to rate the likelihood of it having been an ADE. An ADE was defined as an event with a rating of 5 (probably caused by medication) or 6 (definitely caused by medication).30,31 Adjudication was conducted independently in duplicate, and disagreements were resolved by an independent third reviewer. Details of training and examples are available in the eMethods of Supplement 2 and also have been described elsewhere.31 The Gwet agreement coefficient (Gwet AC)32 was used to estimate interobserver agreement between the first 2 reviewers for adverse events and ADEs, respectively. Safety outcomes included ADWEs, whereby the reviewer was asked if the ADE was owing to temporarily withholding, tapering, or stopping (deliberately or by omission) of a medication. A sensitivity analysis was performed that included any ADE that was rated as a 4 (possibly related to medication) or higher on the Leape and Bates Likert scale.
Secondary outcomes included the proportion of patients with 1 or more PIMs deprescribed at hospital discharge compared with usual care. A medication was considered deprescribed if it was discontinued or if a taper to discontinue was prescribed. For medications whose dose was reduced, a blinded review was used to determine if that reduction was a deliberate attempt at deprescribing. We also evaluated 30-day postdischarge adverse effects, falls, emergency department visits and/or hospitalizations, deaths, quality of life (using the EQ-5D-5L questionnaire with a Canadian value set33), and sleep disturbance (using the PROMIS SD 4a). Harms were considered ADWEs, as were the impacts on sleep and quality of life. Prespecified subgroup analyses examined the effect by sex, palliative designation, frailty, and residence in a long-term care facility.
Based on the literature, the proportion of medical patients who could experience an ADE after discharge was estimated to be 15.0%.34,35 We used an α of .05, 80% power, and an expected cluster correlation coefficient of 0.03.36 We prespecified an absolute decrease of approximately 4.0% corresponding to a number needed to treat of 25. Using the Stata stepped-wedge function37 and following the Hussey and Hughes approach,38 we planned for a 6-cluster trial with each cluster recruiting 200 patients per cluster-period for a total of 8400 patients, resulting in 80% power to detect a change in ADE from 15.0% to 11.2%.
Prior to the recruitment of 200 participants in any cluster, recruitment rates suggested it would be impossible to complete the trial as originally designed. Without examining outcomes data, we realigned the 6 clusters into 3 clusters according to recruitment rates and geography (Ontario, Quebec, and Western Canada), permitting the study to be completed within the funding duration and budget. A 3-cluster trial with 500 patients per cluster per period allowed for 80% power to detect a 4.8% absolute difference with 6000 patients.
Baseline characteristics were expressed as numbers and percentages for categorical variables and median (IQR) for continuous variables. Differences between control and intervention baseline characteristics were compared by χ2 or rank-sum as appropriate.
For the primary outcome, ADEs, a mixed-effects logistic regression model was used controlling for intervention status, time period, and the number of baseline PIMs as fixed effects, and cluster as a random effect. Adjusted risk differences (aRD) were estimated from the model parameters differences.39 This analysis was conducted with data from patients who consented and participated in the postdischarge follow-up interview.
For secondary outcomes, an identical analysis was conducted for any postdischarge adverse event. The intervention’s effectiveness in terms of stopping 1 or more PIM was also evaluated using the same method, restricted to those participants taking 1 or more PIM at admission and discharged alive. Further details of the analysis are described in the eMethods of Supplement 2.
To address the low number of clusters in the study, we performed 5 post hoc sensitivity analyses: (1) an analysis adjusting for patient factors that differed between groups by P < .01; (2) treating clusters as a fixed effect40; an analysis with (3) a random and (4) fixed effect for hospital (n = 11, in lieu of cluster), and (5) using permutation, a nonparametric method of evaluating for the weighted within period effect size.41,42 All statistical tests were 2-tailed and P values < .05 were considered statistically significant. Data analyses were performed from January 3, 2021, to September 23, 2021, using Stata, version 16 (StataCorp LLC).
A total of 11 922 older patients (≥65 years) taking 5 or more medications were admitted to 1 of the study sites from August 22, 2017, to January 13, 2020; of these, 6633 were eligible for and enrolled in the study. The study analyses included the 5698 patients (median [IQR] age, 78 [72-85] years; 2858 [50.2%] women; race and ethnicity data were not collected) who survived to hospital discharge (control, 3204 patients; intervention, 2494 patients; Table 1). Of these, 4989 patients (87.5%) completed a postdischarge interview (control, 2742 patients; intervention, 2247 patients; Figure). Deprescribing opportunities were identified in 4923 patients (86.4%).
The control and intervention groups were similar regarding most major medical comorbidities; however, the intervention group was slightly older and more likely to have a diagnosis of a major neurocognitive disorder. The median (IQR) number of home medications was 10 (8-14); median (IQR) number of PIMs was 2 (1-3); and the median (IQR) hospital patient 1-year mortality risk (HOMR) score was 39 (36-41) or approximately a 30% risk of death within 1 year.17 The most frequently identified PIMs were proton pump inhibitors, sedative hypnotics, gabapentinoids, and diabetic agents with low (<7.5%) glycated hemoglobin A1c levels.
Among the control participants, 138 (5.0%) of 2742 had an ADE vs 111 (4.9%) of 2247 of intervention patients (aRD, −0.8%; 95% CI, −2.9% to 1.4%; Table 2). The most reported ADE was bleeding and anemia, followed by fluid overload (often classified as an ADWE), followed by acute kidney injury and electrolyte disorders and falls (eTable 3 in Supplement 2). Interobserver reliability was excellent for the classification of ADEs (Gwet AC, 0.92) and adverse events (Gwet AC, 0.81). Common culprit medications included direct oral anticoagulants, diuretics, opioids, and prednisone. The sensitivity analysis that included possible ADEs (≥4 on the Leape and Bates Likert scale) found an overall aRD of −2.3% (95% CI, −4.9% to 0.4%) in favor of the intervention (eTable 4 and eFigure 3 in Supplement 2).
The number of intervention participants with 1 or more PIMs deprescribed increased substantially, from 795 (29.8%) to 1249 (55.4%; aRD, 22.2%; 95% CI, 16.9% to 27.4%; Tables 3 and 4); 92.8% of the deprescribed medications remained stopped at 30 days postdischarge (vs 89.4% in the control). In the control group, 879 (32.1%) participants had an adverse event within 30 days compared with 684 (30.4%) in the intervention (aRD, −1.2%; 95% CI, −6.4% to 4.1%; Table 2). The incidence of postdischarge falls decreased insignificantly (odds ratio, 0.76; 95% CI, 0.57 to 1.05). Additional secondary outcomes were similar between groups; results of prespecified subgroup analyses are presented in eTables 5 to 10 and eFigures 4 and 5 in Supplement 2.
There were 49 ADWEs representing 19.7% of 249 ADEs (aRD, −0.1%; 95% CI, −1.2% to 1.0%). The most common ADWE was fluid overload secondary to dose adjustment of diuretics, with 1 event owed to a MedSafer recommendation—hydrochlorothiazide deprescription triggered by severe hyponatremia. Sleep and quality of life remained stable before and after hospitalization (eTables 5 to 10 in Supplement 2).
All 5 sensitivity analyses provided similar estimates of effect size and confidence intervals. None of the sensitivity analyses altered the conclusions of the trial. These results are presented in eTable 11 of Supplement 2.
Despite clinically and statistically significant increases in deprescribing, communication of medication changes to community physicians and pharmacists, and sustained deprescribing 30 days postdischarge, this large randomized clinical trial was unable to demonstrate any significant impact of deprescribing decision support on short-term ADEs. Several explanations may address the discrepancy between the impact on deprescribing and the complete lack of effect on ADEs. The overall incidence of ADEs (defined as a Leape and Bates Likert score of 5 or 6) was only 5%, which is lower than the approximately 10% to 15% incidence observed in the seminal studies2,34,35 used to inform our power calculations. However, those studies were conducted more than 15 years ago. The complexities of patient and medication regimens have increased substantially and identification of probable and/or definite ADEs has become more challenging.31 In addition, widespread hospital pharmacist involvement in medication reconciliation has created opportunities to mitigate more worrisome prescribing practices, such as errors of omission, which may lead to clearly identifiable ADEs.
While our intervention identified numerous deprescribing opportunities, many were for low-risk nonbeneficial polypharmacy (eg, nonstatin cholesterol-lowering medications or stool softeners43). Deprescribing these medications is less likely to impact 30-day ADEs, but still has patient and societal value, eg, avoiding excess cost, waste, and pill burden.9,43 When powering future studies of ADEs, interventions may need to focus specifically on high-risk medications, and the time frame for observing the outcome likely needs to be extended.44
To our knowledge, few large randomized clinical trials of deprescribing in acute care have been completed. The 1537 patients studied by SENATOR15 (Software Engine for the Assessment and Optimization of Drug and Nondrug Therapy in Older Persons Trial) found poor uptake (<20%) of computerized pharmacologic recommendations in their hospital setting. An accompanying qualitative study5 attributed this to multiple concurrent work commitments and a reluctance to take sole responsibility for an older person’s pharmacotherapy. Most other deprescribing studies have been small, potentially leading to questions of whether the absent impact on ADEs was related to study size. From our study findings, it appears that the timing of outcome ascertainment and the approach to quantifying medication harms are equally important, and both may need to be adapted for future studies.31
This study had limitations; first among them was our low number of clusters (n = 3). When we reduced the number of clusters in the study, we introduced a risk that randomization might not achieve balance between groups across entry times, and indeed this was the case. For instance, the intervention group was slightly older, and participants had been prescribed more baseline PIMs. To attempt to address any bias or risk to validity owing to these imbalances, we performed several sensitivity analyses. Although these supported the conclusion of the study, the results still need to be interpreted with this caveat in mind.
Second, the rate of ADEs was significantly lower than expected, leaving the study underpowered for the primary outcome despite being the largest deprescribing trial performed to date to our knowledge. A recent study evaluated a multifaceted pharmacist-led intervention on medication safety posthospital discharge.45 The primary outcome included potential ADEs, in addition to preventable and ameliorable ADEs; however, it failed to demonstrate an impact on ADEs even with this broader definition. While our sensitivity analysis that included possible ADEs appeared to show a stronger effect of the intervention, it still did not demonstrate a reduction in ADEs.
Third, the generation of deprescribing reports required manual data input, which could limit scalability. The software is now updated to process EHR data (eg, codes from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, and Drug Identification Numbers) directly via an application programming interface. This capability has important implications for implementation by reducing the burden of data input.
Fourth, reports were provided for home medications at hospital admission and not regenerated at discharge. Thus, the intervention did not formally address new in-hospital PIM starts,44 which may be particularly relevant to preventing early postdischarge ADEs.
Importantly, the intervention did not lead to an increase in ADWEs. The findings demonstrated a clinically and statistically significant impact on deprescribing of PIMs and generated extensive safety data in support of acute care deprescribing. Other strengths of the study included an intervention that addressed complex medication regimens and is generalizable to academic and community hospitals. We involved in-hospital pharmacists in the design of the intervention, which may have increased the proportion of deprescribing opportunities that were accepted. We also engaged patients and their caregivers with deprescribing brochures, and communicated medication changes to the treating community team, which promoted shared decision-making and reinforced longer-term persistence of changes made during the hospitalization.
This randomized clinical trial found that providing deprescribing decision support to the acute care medical teams did not impact 30-day ADEs; however, this intervention effectively stopped PIMs, with no evidence of increased harm. Short-term ADEs may not be the ideal outcome to measure to capture the benefits of deprescribing during an acute care hospitalization.
Accepted for Publication: November 3, 2021.
Published Online: January 18, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.7429
Open Access: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC-BY License. © 2022 McDonald EG et al. JAMA Internal Medicine.
Corresponding Author: Emily G. McDonald, MD, MSc, Clinical Practice Assessment Unit, Department of Medicine, McGill University Health Centre, 5252 De Maisonneuve Blvd, Office 3E.03, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3S5, Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Author Contributions: Drs McDonald and Lee had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Concept and design: McDonald, Wu, Battu, Porter, Shiu, Tamblyn, Whitty, Fabreau, Haddad, Palepu, Khan, Downar, Huang, Cavalcanti, Lee.
Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: McDonald, Wu, Rashidi, M. Goodwin Wilson, Bortolussi-Courval, Atique, Battu, Bonnici, Elsayed, A. Goodwin Wilson, Papillon-Ferland, Pilote, Murphy, Ross, Shiu, Whitty, Xu, Fabreau, Haddad, Palepu, Khan, McAlister, Downar, MacMillan, Cavalcanti, Lee.
Drafting of the manuscript: McDonald, Wu, M. Goodwin Wilson, Bortolussi-Courval, Ross, Lee.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: McDonald, Wu, Rashidi, Bortolussi-Courval, Atique, Battu, Bonnici, Elsayed, A. Goodwin Wilson, Papillon-Ferland, Pilote, Porter, Murphy, Ross, Shiu, Tamblyn, Whitty, Xu, Fabreau, Haddad, Palepu, Khan, McAlister, Downar, Huang, MacMillan, Cavalcanti, Lee.
Statistical analysis: Lee.
Obtained funding: Wu, Fabreau, Khan, Lee.
Administrative, technical, or material support: McDonald, Wu, Rashidi, M. Goodwin Wilson, Bortolussi-Courval, Battu, Bonnici, Elsayed, Ross, Shiu, Tamblyn, Whitty, Haddad, Palepu, Downar, Huang, MacMillan, Cavalcanti, Lee.
Supervision: McDonald, Wu, Rashidi, Elsayed, Murphy, Shiu, Palepu, McAlister, Downar, Huang, MacMillan, Cavalcanti, Lee.
Other−support/link with clinical pharmacists: Papillon-Ferland.
Other−study site lead investigator: Fabreau.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Drs McDonald and Lee reported grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Canadian Frailty Network, the Centre for Ageing and Brain Health Innovation; receiving a McGill University Innovation Award; holding the copyright for MedSafer (jointly with McGill University); and co-ownership of MedSafer, a for-profit business (No. 756156279RC0001), all during the conduct of this study. Dr Fabreau reported grants from the Canadian Institute for Health Research to support data collection during the conduct of the study. Dr Palepu reported grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research during the conduct of the study. No other disclosures were reported.
Funding/Support: The MedSafer Study was funded by an operating grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Prior development of MedSafer was funded by grants from the Canadian Frailty Network and the Centre for Ageing and Brain Health Innovation.
Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The funder had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
Additional Contributions: The authors wish to thank Alek Lefebvre for software and database development and Lina Petrella, MSc, for study coordination (Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre). We also acknowledge the contributions of the following research assistants: Elizabeth Smyth, BSc, Louisa Smyth, Yejim Kim, BSc, Kristen Moran, BSc, Liliane Mefanche, MSc, and Manoja Chandralingam, BSc (McGill University); Akash Singer, MD, Sophie Collins, MSc, Eilidh McAlister, BSc, Jordan Kelly, BSc Pharm, and Miriam Fradette, BSc Pharm (University of Alberta Hospital); Andrew Janes, BSc, and Matthew Riley (Toronto Western Hospital); Alison Jennings, MSc, Kristin Dorrance, MSc, David Yachnin, BSc, Kira Slivitzky, BSc, and Moussa Meteb, BSc (The Ottawa Hospital and Civic Hospital); Kayla Atchison, BSc, and Ibrahim AlMasri, MD (Foothills Medical Centre); Anne Chisholm, (St Paul’s Hospital); and Ellen Koo, MSc, Natasha Saverimuttu, BSc, Riddhita De, MSc, and Anette Surmanski, MSc (University Health Network).
Data Sharing Statement: See Supplement 3.