The Polypharmacy Challenge Blog
This 3-year PhD project "Medicines as Emotional Objects: Multimorbidity and Polypharmacy in Socio-Historical Perspective" is funded through the Life Sciences Initiative at Queen Mary University of London and is a collaboration between the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health and the Centre for the History of Emotions. It arises from the shared interests of two existing research programmes: a NIHR-funded project, Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People with Multimorbidity (APOLLO-MM) and a Wellcome-funded project,Living with Feeling and the successful student will benefit from existing networks and events associated with these projects. The PhD will be jointly supervised by Dr Deborah Swinglehurst and Professor Thomas Dixon.
I have just returned from the annual scientific meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC), which was held at Warwick University last week. The central concerns of the APOLLO-MM project - multimorbidity and polypharmacy – featured prominently in this year’s meeting. This may seem unsurprising given that care of patients with multimorbidity is very much the ‘norm’ for the generalist medical practitioner. But it was encouraging to see an increasing emphasis on how to account for the complexity of multimorbidity in research contexts, and there is certainly a growing army of researchers trying to tackle ‘inappropriate’ polypharmacy.