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Medicines: just what the doctor ordered? APOLLO-MM team ask the people of Tower Hamlets

Lucie Hogger, CLAHRC North Thames Research Fellow, shares some of the highlights from the APOLLO-MM team's day at the Festival of Communities.

The APOLLO-MM team hosted a popular and engaging stall, attracting a record 187 visitors at this year’s Festival of Communities, a free event at Stepney Park in Tower Hamlets for those from the local community and beyond. Now in its second year, the Festival was created by Queen Mary University of London and local community groups to explore living and learning in East London.

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​Polypharmacy perspectives: the challenge for pharmacy

Nina Barnett, in the last of our perspectives series, sets out how pharmacists need to use their communication skills to enter into dialogue with patients if we are to address the polypharmacy challenge.

The pharmacy profession has entered a new arena: a renewed focus on talking to people about their medicines. However, there is fundamental shift in these conversations: Pharmacists are moving from asking ‘What do I, as a pharmacist, need to tell you, my patient?’ to ‘What do you need to know about your medicines?’ and ‘What do I need to know about you?’ In other words, we are putting the patient's wants and needs before discussing what the pharmacist thinks the patient needs to know.

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