Quality Use of Medicines in People Living with Dementia (Australia)
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 the diverse adult health population, having multiple other medical conditions and from all socio-cultural backgrounds. There are many potential areas of research that could improve quality use of medicines for people with dementia.
In the past, health research questions have been led by drug companies or researchers, with little involvement of clinicians and consumers. We aim 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.
This PSP is funded by an AAG Research Trust/Dementia Australia Research Foundation - 2019 Strategic Research Grant.