Perspectives of carers on medication management in dementia:lessons from collaboratively developing a research proposal

Poland, Fiona, Mapes, Sarah, Pinnock, Hilary, Katona, Cornelius, Sorensen, Susanne, Fox, Chris and Maidment, Ian D. (2014). Perspectives of carers on medication management in dementia:lessons from collaboratively developing a research proposal. BMC Research Notes, 7 (1),

Abstract

Background: The need for carers to manage medication-related problems for people with dementia living in the community raises dilemmas, which can be identified by carers and people with dementia as key issues for developing carer-relevant research projects.A research planning Public Patient Involvement (PPI) workshop using adapted focus group methodology was held at the Alzheimer's Society's national office, involving carers of people with dementia who were current members of the Alzheimer's Society Research Network (ASRN) in dialogue with health professionals aimed to identify key issues in relation to medication management in dementia from the carer viewpoint. The group was facilitated by a specialist mental health pharmacist, using a topic guide developed systematically with carers, health professionals and researchers. Audio-recordings and field notes were made at the time and were transcribed and analysed thematically. The participants included nine carers in addition to academics, clinicians, and staff from DeNDRoN (Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network) and the Alzheimer's Society. Findings. Significant themes, for carers, which emerged from the workshop were related to: (1) medication usage and administration practicalities, (2) communication barriers and facilitators, (3) bearing and sharing responsibility and (4) weighing up medication risks and benefits. These can form the basis for more in-depth qualitative research involving a broader, more diverse sample. Discussion. The supported discussion enabled carer voices and perspectives to be expressed and to be linked to the process of identifying problems in medications management as directly experienced by carers. This was used to inform an agenda for research proposals which would be meaningful for carers and people with dementia. © 2014 Poland et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-7-463
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Pharmacy
Life & Health Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Life & Health Sciences > Applied Health Research Group
Additional Information: © 2014 Poland et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia,family carers,medicines management,service user engagement,Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all),Medicine(all)
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Published Date: 2014-07-21
Authors: Poland, Fiona
Mapes, Sarah
Pinnock, Hilary
Katona, Cornelius
Sorensen, Susanne
Fox, Chris
Maidment, Ian D. ( 0000-0003-4152-9704)

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