Our research on medication safety blends with advocacy as we partner with members of the community, caregivers, medical practitioners and others to promote deprescribing and the safety of older adults.
Medications sometimes do more harm than good, especially for older adults. Alice Brennan was an independent, energetic older adult in our community who died due to unsafe prescribing. Her providers failed to recognize that many of her symptoms (such as confusion and falls) were actually medication side effects and added more medications instead of deprescribing the offending ones. Sadly, this is a common occurrence. To save other older adults from medication harm, researchers at PCRI teamed up with an interdisciplinary roster of staff and faculty across UB and partnered with Alice’s daughter to form Team Alice.
Team Alice conducts and disseminates interdisciplinary research aimed at protecting older adults from harm due to medications across the continuum of care. This includes:
To accomplish its mission, Team Alice formed two community partnerships with which it designs and conducts research and advocacy: