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We need to talk about polypharmacy: optimising multiple medication use by older adults



This study analyses video-recordings of medicine review consultations in primary health care with older Māori and Pacific patients (55+) and other older patients (65+) on 4+ medications, as well as interviews with the health professionals and patients involved. Both patients and health professionals will be provided with provisional educational resources, developed in consultation with target communities and health professionals prior to their appointment. The analysis will allow us to investigate the acceptability of medication reviews and associated educational resources, and to identify communication patterns and strategies that may facilitate or constrain shared decision-making about polypharmacy. These findings will then be used to further develop resources for patients and GPs that are tailored to the New Zealand context and to Māori and Pacific communities.


University of Otago Research Fund

Lotteries Health Research Fund


Stubbe, M. (2020) 'We need to talk about polypharmacy': Optimising medication use for older adults. ICCH 2020, 9-11 September, Online Symposium "From Words to Action: engaging patients in communication about medicines"

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