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A qualitative study exploring medication management in people with dementia living in the community and the potential role of the community pharmacist

Maidment, Ian D.; Aston, Lydia; Moutela, Tiago; Fox, Chris G.; Hilton, Andrea

Authors

Ian D. Maidment

Lydia Aston

Tiago Moutela

Chris G. Fox

Dr Andrea Hilton A.Hilton@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer and Programme director, Non-Medical Prescribing

Abstract

Background The prevalence of dementia is increasing rapidly. People with dementia may be prescribed complex medication regimens, which may be challenging for them and any carers involved to safely manage. Objective To describe and understand the key challenges, in relation to medication issues, experienced by people with dementia and their informal carers dwelling in the community and the potential role of community pharmacists. Design Qualitative semi-structured interviews. Participants People with dementia, informal carers and health and social care professionals (HSCPs). Results Thirty-one participants (eleven informal carers, four people with dementia and sixteen HSCPs) were interviewed. Three key themes were identified: the key challenges, improving medication management and the role of pharmacists. The caring role commonly included responsibility for medication management which created both practical problems and an emotional burden. This burden was worsened by any difficulty in obtaining support and if the person with dementia was on a complex regimen. Participants believed that the process could be improved by coordinated and on-going support from HSCPs, which should focus on the informal carer. Medication reviews, particularly when conducted in the home environment, could be helpful. Conclusion Medication management for people with dementia living in the community is a complex process, and informal carers have a key role, which they frequently find challenging. Community pharmacists could have an enhanced role in this area, but would need to work within a more multidisciplinary environment outside the pharmacy.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2017
Journal Health expectations
Print ISSN 1369-6513
Electronic ISSN 1369-7625
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 5
Pages 929-942
Institution Citation Maidment, I. D., Aston, L., Moutela, T., Fox, C. G., & Hilton, A. (2017). A qualitative study exploring medication management in people with dementia living in the community and the potential role of the community pharmacist. Health Expectations, 20(5), 929-942. doi:10.1111/hex.12534
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12534
Keywords Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hex.12534/full
Copyright Statement © 2017 The Authors Health Expectations Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd

This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Additional Information Copy of article: Maidment ID, Aston L, Moutela T, Fox CG, Hilton A. A qualitative study exploring medication management in people with dementia living in the community and the potential role of the community pharmacist. Health Expect. 2017;20:929–942. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12534

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© 2017 The Authors Health Expectations Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd

This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.



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