Talking medicines: conversations between people with dementia and informal carers

PROJECT STATUS: Ongoing
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START DATE AND DURATION: April 2020
Summary

People with dementia (PwD) who take multiple medicines often require support from family and friends (informal carers) to achieve ‘medicines optimisation’. Crucial elements of medicines optimisation are patient experience and communication, but little is known about this for PwD.

This research addresses these gaps by analysing linguistic and ethnographic data from PwD and their carers at home. It seeks to create practice based evidence about how medicines optimisation can be achieved by people with dementia and their carers in practice, and uses the detailed study of language as a lens through which to make the ‘work’ of medicines practices visible. 

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Lead Investigator
Investigating Team
Nina Fudge (QMUL)
Suzanne Beeke (UCL)