Patients who have multiple medical problems are often prescribed multiple medications. Some will rely upon assistance from informal (unpaid) carers, many of which have roles in medication management. Carers find this responsibility challenging. This can affect adherence and may negatively impact relationships between carer, cared-for and clinicians.
Medicines are prescribed (and sometimes stopped) within clinical consultations. Carers’ experiences of these consultations, and the extent to which their priorities are considered is an important aspect of managing caregiver burden.
Carers are often reluctant to be critical of their primary care provider. This study uses video prompts to address carers’ experience of GP consultations where medications are prescribed and stopped. Carers will be engaged in a process of co-design to inform processes of medication management that better meet the needs of patients with complex health conditions.