Caring about Your View to Improve Care of Older People

Dr Mine Orlu Gul, UCL School of Pharmacy

The demographic trend is moving towards a society with an increasing percentage of people above 65 years of age. The increase in life expectancy is a great achievement. However, it brings specific health and medication needs.

For a number of reasons, people may not stick to prescribed healthcare regimens. Therapy-related factors (complexity of medical regimen, co-morbidity) and condition-related factors (swallowing difficulty, handling the medicine packaging) present major challenges in treatment of older people.

Family members often provide a personal, comforting standard of care to their older relatives. However, these days, it can be increasingly difficult for families to provide care for their older relatives with complex medical problems - whether due to extended families, stretched resources or moving apart for work.

Therapeutic approaches should not only focus on efficacy, safety and quality of a drug therapy but also aim for improving the quality of life, dosage form convenience, ease of use and so the level of patient compliance. Therefore, it is essential to integrate the needs of older people and add their voice into early medicinal product development stages to find the appropriate dosage form design, package and device solutions.

A new research agenda on geriatric drug therapy is under development at UCL School of Pharmacy. Public engagement activities will form the core stone to shape the research projects with an objective of optimising health care of ageing population. This workshop will focus on what senior patients think important to provide optimal drug therapy.

The School of Pharmacy will learn from the proposed activities to structure its newly developing geriatric drug delivery research based on the priorities defined by older people and their carers.

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