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Challenges to consumers travelling with multiple medicines

Tudball, J., Smith, L., Ryan, K., Williamson, M. and Manias, E. (2015) Challenges to consumers travelling with multiple medicines. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 6 (3). pp. 127-132. ISSN 1759-8893

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/jphs.12097


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.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmacy Practice Research Group
ID Code:70598

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