Addressing the Age-Related Challenges of Pharmaceutical Care

Addressing the Age-Related Challenges of Pharmaceutical Care

April 21, 2022

The challenges faced by older people, especially those with sensory impairments, in their pharmaceutical care need to be addressed by PhD students from the University of Strathclyde.

The University has received £199,500 from the Dunhill Medical Trust to fund four scholarships, in which students will explore solutions to the most common difficulties experienced by older people with hearing or visual impairments.

The multidisciplinary project will cover the fields of pharmacy, computer science, architecture and biomedical engineering.

It will be based on a existing Strathclyde studyalso funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust, which is researching better and safer ways for older people who are visually and/or hearing impaired to use their medications.

Both projects are led by Professor Margaret Watson, of Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. She said: “Older people are disproportionately affected by sensory impairments. They are also more likely to use multiple medications and live alone.

“Pharmaceutical care aims to promote the safe and effective supply and use of medicines, but older people with sensory impairment are at high risk of harm and treatment failure. Health facilities, consultations and services must meet the complex needs of our growing number of community-dwelling senior citizens to facilitate their ability to live in their own homes for as long as they wish.

“With the support of the Dunhill Medical Trust, these fellowships are a new opportunity for us to find interdisciplinary solutions to these challenges.”

Project researchers will host an online audience Event, intended to inform the next steps of the project, on Wednesday, May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will explore the design of patient-centred healthcare and disability-inclusive services and will be of particular interest to people with sensory impairments and healthcare professionals.

He is part of Engage with Strathclydean annual series of week-long events offering industry, the public sector and the third sector the opportunity to learn about the University’s research, innovation and cutting-edge technologies.