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How do the attitudes and beliefs of older people and healthcare professionals impact on the use of multi-compartment compliance AIDS?: a qualitative study using grounded theory.

Nunney, J, Raynor, DK, Knapp, P and Closs, SJ (2011) How do the attitudes and beliefs of older people and healthcare professionals impact on the use of multi-compartment compliance AIDS?: a qualitative study using grounded theory. Drugs and Aging, 28 (5). 403 - 414 . ISSN 1170-229X

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Abstract

Background: Low adherence of older people to multiple medicine regimens is of widespread concern, and multi-compartment compliance aids are frequently supplied to older people in an attempt to improve their ability to take all their medicines at home. However, the evidence base for the use of such aids is very limited, and there is some evidence that they are used inappropriately. Objective: We aimed to determine how the attitudes and beliefs of older people and healthcare professionals impacted on the use of multi-compartment compliance aids by older people living at home. Method: This was a qualitative study using grounded theory. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 older people (mean age 82 [range 72-92] years) living independently in the community and receiving primary healthcare from two health service organizations in a large northern UK city. We then interviewed 17 healthcare professionals working in primary, secondary or intermediate care and involved in the provision of multi-compartment compliance aids. Results: Maintaining independence and remaining in control was important for all the older people interviewed, and professionals supported the view that this influenced patients' attitudes towards using their aid. Some patients saw the aids as helping to maintain independence, others as casting doubt on their independence. The aids were often issued without discussion with the patient. The patients largely agreed that the aids did not help with memory problems and that the decision to issue an aid could be seen as paternalistic. A minority of patients had difficulties using the aids. Conclusions: Careful multi-disciplinary assessment of older people is required before a compliance aid is provided. The views of the older person must be considered and respected. Further research is required to produce an evidence base for the use of such aids in this group of people.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > Institute of Molecular Medicine (LIMM) (Leeds) > Section of Clinical Trials Research Unit (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Healthcare (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Diagnostics & Therapeutics > AU Medicines Management (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Healthcare (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Diagnostics & Therapeutics > AU Clinical & Rehabilitation Sciences (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2011 09:38
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:32
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.2165/11587180-000000000-00000
Status: Published
Publisher: Adis Online
Identification Number: 10.2165/11587180-000000000-00000
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43015

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