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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

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PhD Studentship Opportunity: Medicines as Emotional Objects

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.

We are looking for a highly motivated graduate with a background (including a relevant Master’s degree) in a relevant social science or history. The project is interdisciplinary and an explicit aim of the project is the integration of knowledge gleaned from both social science and history disciplines.
The studentship includes PhD fees, a stipend (RCUK recommended rate: £16,553 p/a for 2017/18) and a £5K per year budget for consumables/conferences/travel.
For full details please take a look at the advertisement on FindaPhD.

Polypharmacy perspectives

Over this week we will be publishing guest blog posts from four different perspectives on polypharmacy from our project launch speakers. We asked them each to speak about why the APOLLO-MM research project and research on polypharmacy is so important.

First up, Roger Jones discusses the relationship between polypharmacy and multi-morbidity and the need for a new therapeutic research paradigm, which embraces complex disease and patient preferences, providing more useful, real-world guidance on chronic disease management.

It was a privilege to be asked to speak at the launch of the APOLLO-MM project – not the space probe, but something just as exciting. Understanding how to live with – and without – polypharmacy is a major health challenge, and this new research initiative looks set to make real progress in this crucial area.

Polypharmacy is, of course, mostly a result of the mushrooming problem of comorbidity. As we get older


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