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

Ian Maidment, Lydia Aston, Tiago Montela, Chris Fox, Andrea Hilton

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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.

LanguageEnglish
Pages1-13
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Expectations
VolumeAccepted
Early online date19 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2017

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Pharmacists
Dementia
Caregivers
Delivery of Health Care
Independent Living
Interviews

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This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium,
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© 2017 The Authors Health Expectations Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Keywords

  • community pharmacists
  • dementia
  • informal carers
  • medication management

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