Consider the factors that influence patients' decisions to stop taking potentially inappropriate medications when developing a deprescribing plan

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Abstract

A number of competing barriers and enablers influence patients' decisions to stop taking potentially inappropriate medications. According to a recent systematic review, disagreement with appropriateness of cessation, fear of consequences of cessation, absence of a process for cessation, and negative influences on patients' decisions to cease medication may prevent patients from agreeing to medication cessation. In contrast, agreement with appropriateness of cessation, presence of a process for cessation, positive influences on patients' decisions to cease medication, and dislike of medications may facilitate patients' willingness to stop inappropriate medications.

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