Is any sleep medication ever a good idea?


Is any sleep medication ever a good idea?

We invite you to watch the presentation: Is ANY sleep medication EVER a good idea? given at the October 2023 TI Annual Course by Dr. Rita McCracken and Dr. Wade Thompson.

The aims of this practical and evidence-informed presentation are to:

  • Understand the evidence (or lack thereof) for common sleep medications;
  • Apply strategies for cutting back on sleep medication;
  • Apply strategies to talk to patients about sleep medications.

Dr. McCracken is a full-service family doctor and researcher living as an uninvited visitor on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations. She is a Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC and studies the availability of primary care in British Columbia and reliable ways to measure changes in that availability. Her other research work includes assessing the effects of too much medication and effective methods to deprescribe those excessive medicines.

Dr. Wade Thompson is a pharmacist and researcher working to ensure older persons are taking medications that are necessary, effective, safe, and consistent with their healthcare goals and treatment preferences. This primarily involves developing and evaluating strategies to stop medications when they are no longer a good fit (“deprescribing”). He is also an investigator with the initiative. Wade has worked clinically as a pharmacist in long-term care, geriatric outpatient clinics, and primary care clinics.


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