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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

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On this page you will find information and links to other research projects taking place within the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health which attend to similar concerns to those of APOLLO-MM: polypharmacy, multi-morbidity, medicines use, medicines optimisation, patient experiences.

Experiences of Medicine Use amongst Urdu-speaking Londoners of Pakistani origin

Najia Sultan is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Primary Care. She is developing a qualitative research project using in-depth interviews to explore the experience of polypharmacy and multi-morbidity in Urdu-speaking patients of Pakistani origin. Najia is interested to discover how these patients make sense of their medicines and how they incorporate their medicines into their daily lives.

South Asian patients in London experience higher levels of multi-morbidity compared to white and black ethnic groups. Previous research has shown that South Asian patients are also at the receiving end of higher levels of prescribing than the general population, and less likely to take medicines prescribed in the context of polypharmacy.

According to census data, Urdu is the third most commonly spoken immigrant language in England and Wales. Patients who speak languages other than English are often excluded from research studies. As a bilingual English-Urdu speaker, Najia is well placed to extend the interests of the APOLLO-MM project to include this group.

The findings of Najia’s research will inform the delivery of culturally sensitive medicines optimisation in primary care.

Najia gained her medical degree from Imperial College London, with a BSc in Neuroscience. She completed Foundation training at Charing Cross and Ealing Hospitals. Najia splits her time between academic work and working as a GP registrar in Tower Hamlets. Previously she has been involved in several research projects: post-operative pain outcomes in abdominal surgery; gestational vitamin D levels and their link to diabetes; a historical study of nutritional guidance for pregnant women.
Najia Sultan
Najia Sultan
Academic Clinical Fellow in Primary Care
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