Family caregivers' perspectives on medication adherence challenges in older people with dementia: A qualitative study

Najwan El-Saifi, Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones

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OBJECTIVES: To achieve a better understanding of medication non-adherence determinants in older people with dementia from caregivers' perspectives and possible management solutions to improve medication adherence.

METHOD: Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 20 caregivers of older people with dementia living in the community. Data was analyzed using an inductive thematic analysis based on Braun and Clarke's method.

FINDINGS: Four themes emerged: dementia symptoms influence medication adherence, medication increases caregiver burden, lack of self-efficacy, medication aids and technology to enhance medication adherence. Caregivers' lack of knowledge reduces their self-efficacy in managing medications and increases their burden of care. The majority of caregivers used technology and welcomed its use to assist them with their role.

CONCLUSION: Caregivers require knowledge and support such as a multifaceted technology based intervention to assist with medication adherence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalAging and Mental Health
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


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