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The Effect of Taking Long Term Medication

I have been contacted by four students from the Medway school of Pharmacy who are looking for participants in a research study into the effect of taking long term medication. The most likely candidates for such a study with the Hysterectomy Association would be women taking HRT. However you may be taking something for other conditions you live with as well. I’ve added the message they sent through below and you can find the link at the end of the post.

We are four students studying to become pharmacist and we are undertaking a project in our final year. The study is aimed at finding out how people who have to take medicines long- term cope with them on a day-to- day basis and how these medicines affect their lives. Many patients are excepted to take medicines long term, balancing the risk of potential adverse effects against the perceived benefits, plus coping generally with the difficulties of managing these on a day- to day basis. The burden of medicines use has not be quantified  but patients’ experiences of using medicines, vary considerably, and many have negative views towards medicines and have difficulties using them .

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The main aim of this study is to quantity the burden of medicines use in a sample of the general public recruited by different methods, using a questionnaire suitable for this purpose. There is a lot of concern at the moment about the problems which people face in using medicines long-term and our study will help to assess the extent to which different people have different problems.

The findings will support the Medicines Optimisation agenda developed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. We are writing to ask if you would kindly support our study in a small way. The study uses a specially designed questionnaire called the Living with Medicines Questionnaire©.

The inclusion criteria for the study are adults, living in the UK who use regular prescription medicines.

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational coach and founder of the Hysterectomy Association. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in the adoption and engagement of digital technologies. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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