Table 1

Themes and subthemes

Enablers of deprescribing
  1. Awareness of medications that are unnecessary or could be targeted for deprescribing.

  2. Improving quality of life for patients with limited life expectancy.

  3. Improving communication between doctors, pharmacists and nurses.

  4. Systematic deprescribing practice and educational tools.

  5. Acknowledgement of possible benefits of deprescribing.

Challenges of deprescribing
  1. Symptoms not acknowledged as possibly drug-related.

  2. Lack of knowledge of patient’s and family members’ preferences.

  3. Lack of coordination between health professionals in hospitals and nursing homes.

  4. Limited tools for deprescribing.