The Polypharmacy Challenge Blog
Organising polypharmacy: unpacking medicines, unpacking meanings
I recently presented some of our work from the APOLLO-MM project at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. I presented a Distinguished Paper in a plenary session, having won the Society of Academic Primary Care senior presenter’s prize at the SAPC annual conference in Exeter in the summer of 2019.
The presentation prompted discussion about whether, how and to what extent polypharmacy - in the context of patients with multiple medical problems - is ‘evidence-based’, something we have touched on in a previous editorial in the journal Family Practice. I did not come across any other presentations at the NAPCRG conference that were based primarily on ethnographic research so it was a real privilege to be able to showcase the value of ethnography as capable of reaching parts that other research approaches cannot reach! I am very grateful to the Society of Academic Primary Care and to NAPCRG for this amazing opportunity.,