This project aims to identify the top 10 unanswered quality use of medicines questions for people with dementia. These questions will be generated and prioritised by Australians living with dementia, carers, and health care providers (clinicians).
Quality use of medicines means using medicines safely and effectively to get the best possible health outcomes. It also means only using medicines when they are needed. People living with dementia represent a diverse adult health population, encompassing a range co-morbidities and socio-cultural backgrounds. There are many potential areas of research that could improve quality use of medicines for people with dementia.
Historically, health research questions have been led by either drug companies or researchers, with little involvement from clinicians or consumers. This project aims to determine which questions are important to people with dementia and their care team, to prioritise research in these areas and ensure that outcomes of research are directly relevant to the care of people living with dementia. This will lead to improving how medicines are used which in turn will improve health outcomes in people living with dementia.
We now need to know which of the questions are priorities and would like to hear from people living with dementia, carers, family members and friends of a person living with dementia, healthcare professionals (including students) and/or staff members of healthcare organisations (including healthcare workers) who have any experience providing or facilitating care for people with dementia.
Participation will involve completing an anonymous survey. It will take you about 5-10 minutes. The survey can be completed online at https://research.unisa.edu.au/redcap/surveys/?s=CHAWDRAYJT
For more information and to complete the survey online go to: https://www.unisa.edu.au/research/qumprc/our-research/optimising-medici…
OR for a paper copy with reply paid envelope to be sent to you, please contact Dr Emily Reeve, Phone: (08) 8302 2757 or E-mail: [email protected].
This study has been approved by the University of South Australia Human Ethics Research Committee (approval number: 202847).