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Managing medications: the role of informal caregivers of older adults and people living with dementia. A review of the literature

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Abstract


  • Aims and objectives

    To explore published literature that describes what is known about the role of informal caregivers as they manage medications for older adults and/or people living with dementia residing in the community.

    Background

    The number of informal caregivers of older adults, including people living with dementia, is growing worldwide. Good medication management by informal caregivers contributes to improved health outcomes and reduced institutionalisations for the care recipient; however, little is known about this domain of care.

    Design

    Narrative review.

    Methods

    A literature search was conducted to identify relevant research articles written in English between January 2000–April 2013, sourced from online database searches using multiple keywords, reviewing reference lists and citations of key articles and Internet searches. Articles were included if they described informal caregiver medication management for older adults and/or people living with dementia.

    Results

    Ten articles were found that described this role from the perspective of the informal caregiver. The evidence suggests that this role is complex and is often made more difficult because of increasing medication regimen complexities, aspects of the relationship between the caregiver and the care recipient, healthcare system practices and a lack of information and/or training available to the informal caregiver, especially when caring for people living with dementia.

    Conclusion

    Responsibility for managing medications for older adults and/or people living with dementia in the community often falls to informal caregivers. More information resources are required for this role, which requires specific medication management skills and knowledge and is further complicated by the cognitive decline of the care recipient.

UOW Authors


  •   Gillespie, Robyn J. (external author)
  •   Mullan, Judy
  •   Harrison, Lindsey (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Gillespie, R., Mullan, J. & Harrison, L. (2014). Managing medications: the role of informal caregivers of older adults and people living with dementia. A review of the literature. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 (23-24), 3296-3308.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84926152367

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2639&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1621

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 12
  • 12

Start Page


  • 3296

End Page


  • 3308

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 23-24

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Aims and objectives

    To explore published literature that describes what is known about the role of informal caregivers as they manage medications for older adults and/or people living with dementia residing in the community.

    Background

    The number of informal caregivers of older adults, including people living with dementia, is growing worldwide. Good medication management by informal caregivers contributes to improved health outcomes and reduced institutionalisations for the care recipient; however, little is known about this domain of care.

    Design

    Narrative review.

    Methods

    A literature search was conducted to identify relevant research articles written in English between January 2000–April 2013, sourced from online database searches using multiple keywords, reviewing reference lists and citations of key articles and Internet searches. Articles were included if they described informal caregiver medication management for older adults and/or people living with dementia.

    Results

    Ten articles were found that described this role from the perspective of the informal caregiver. The evidence suggests that this role is complex and is often made more difficult because of increasing medication regimen complexities, aspects of the relationship between the caregiver and the care recipient, healthcare system practices and a lack of information and/or training available to the informal caregiver, especially when caring for people living with dementia.

    Conclusion

    Responsibility for managing medications for older adults and/or people living with dementia in the community often falls to informal caregivers. More information resources are required for this role, which requires specific medication management skills and knowledge and is further complicated by the cognitive decline of the care recipient.

UOW Authors


  •   Gillespie, Robyn J. (external author)
  •   Mullan, Judy
  •   Harrison, Lindsey (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Gillespie, R., Mullan, J. & Harrison, L. (2014). Managing medications: the role of informal caregivers of older adults and people living with dementia. A review of the literature. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 (23-24), 3296-3308.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84926152367

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2639&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1621

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 12
  • 12

Start Page


  • 3296

End Page


  • 3308

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 23-24

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom