Ongoing poor management of medicines in the older-aged living independently in a rental retirement village

Doggrell, Sheila A. (2015) Ongoing poor management of medicines in the older-aged living independently in a rental retirement village. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 37(6), pp. 1000-1003.

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Background In a low socioeconomic status, small, rental retirement village, we have shown the older-aged managed their medicines poorly [1].

Objective As the number of participants was only 25, and the population in the rental retirement village turns over regularly; our objective was to determine whether the findings were consistent and ongoing.

Methods We returned to the rental retirement villages after one and two years, and reassessed the management of medicines, using the same semi-structured interview method.

Main outcome measure The main outcome measure was the perception of present and ongoing adherence.

Results Although similar numbers (23-25) participated in the studies in 2011-2013, the actual participants changed with only 3 being interviewed on 3 occasions. Nevertheless, the findings over the 3 years were similar: less than 50% of the participants were adherent at the time of the study and unlikely to have problems in the next 6-12 months; only 50% had a good knowledge of their illnesses.

Conclusions The management of medicines by the older-aged living in a low socioeconomic, rental retirement village is poor, and this finding is ongoing and consistent. This supports the need for extra assistance and resources for the older-aged, living in rental retirement villages, to manage their medicines.

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ID Code: 91561
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: adherence, older-aged, medicines management, retirement village
DOI: 10.1007/s11096-015-0162-8
ISSN: 2210-7711
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500) > Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice (111503)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij ter bevordering der Pharmacie
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Deposited On: 03 Jan 2016 23:17
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2017 10:24

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