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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

The Polypharmacy Challenge Blog

APOLLO-MM has lift off

We officially launched our research project on May 2nd 2017 with an event held at the Royal College of General Practitioners, a perfect venue given how central general practice and primary care is to our project. Thirty participants including patients, general practitioners, pharmacists, university researchers, and research and policy advisors from the voluntary sector attended.

Deborah, APOLLO-MM’s principal investigator, kicked off the meeting outlining some of the key challenges of polypharmacy, including:

  • the burden it places on patients
  • that most available clinical guidance considers diseases as singular entities rather than as a collection experienced together
  • the expense to the NHS and the environmental damage it causes when medicines are unused and wasted


Welcome to our first APOLLO-MM blog post!

This blog will be a space to share our thoughts, ideas and progress as we journey through our research to understand the ‘polypharmacy challenge’ faced by older people living with multiple long-term conditions, their carers and health professionals.

The day-to-day research activities in the APOLLO-MM project will be carried out by Deborah and me. We are well supported by our advisory group and patient panel, and have three co-researchers who will be working with us at different stages of the research. You can read more about the people involved in the project here.


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