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Challenges to consumers travelling with multiple medicines

Tudball, Jacqueline, Smith, Lorraine, Ryan, Kath, Williamson, Margaret and Manias, Elizabeth 2015, Challenges to consumers travelling with multiple medicines, Journal of pharmaceutical health services research, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 127-132, doi: 10.1111/jphs.12097.

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Title Challenges to consumers travelling with multiple medicines
Author(s) Tudball, Jacqueline
Smith, Lorraine
Ryan, Kath
Williamson, Margaret
Manias, ElizabethORCID iD for Manias, Elizabeth orcid.org/0000-0002-3747-0087
Journal name Journal of pharmaceutical health services research
Volume number 6
Issue number 3
Start page 127
End page 132
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London. Eng.
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 1759-8885
1759-8893
Keyword(s) Adherence
Medicines error
Multiple medicines
Polypharmacy
Qualitative
Travel
Summary Objectives: The need to maintain medicine adherence when travelling is irrefutable, yet how people achieve this goal and the challenges they encounter in doing so have seldom been explored in previous research. This study examined how consumers residing in Australia experience and manage their multiple medicines while travelling. Methods: Face-to-face, narrative interviews were conducted in participants' homes or workplaces and were audio and video-recorded. The coding schema was devised with the input of an Advisory Panel with expertise in multiple medicines. Data were analysed using the constant comparative method. Key findings: Participants who had experienced medicines mishaps when travelling had learnt to take greater care when planning and preparing for future trips. Prior to travelling, they rarely sought advice regarding their regular medicines from health professionals. Organising and packing their medicines could be extremely time-consuming and confusing; younger participants especially lamented the reduced spontaneity this imposed on their lives. Replicating their usual routines was a successful strategy for many; however, this was challenged by unforeseen events and the lack of privacy. Conclusions: Travel comprised inherent risks to the users of multiple medicines and often required intensive and complicated preparation. Community pharmacists and other health professionals are well placed to advise and assist consumers with complex regimens who are planning to travel, as well as raise general awareness concerning the need for utmost care with multiple medicines.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jphs.12097
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Blackwell
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30074355

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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