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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

Patient Participation Group

Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) consists of five members. All have personal experience of living with multiple long-term conditions and using numerous medications (whether this is through direct lived experience or caring for family and friends).

As someone who has multiple morbidities, as well as having looked after relatives with multiple morbidities, all prescribed numerous medicines, I have enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in this research in the hope that it helps others.

Deb Smith, PPG member

The research team interact with the PPG through online discussion meetings. Members provide comments on patient facing documents such as the website, research participation information sheets and consent forms, and also contribute to the APOLLO-MM blog.

APOLLO-MM is a project which is more than close to my heart, given that I have been campaigning for several years now on the need to seriously assess patient and carer behaviours inside the home to start grappling with medicine optimisation problems. Any such assessment has to draw on ethnographic and anthropological research methodologies. APOLLO-MM is doing just that.

Fran Husson, PPG member

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