A team of researchers from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham are seeking individuals to participate in a project around managing medicines for patients with serious illness being cared for at home.
The project will look at how seriously ill patients and the people (family carers/friends and health care professionals) who support them manage complex medication regimes for seriously ill patients being cared for at home.
The purpose of the study is to also find out about:
- the experience of family members or friends when caring for someone at home during the months before they died
- the support you provided around decisions about treatment, and in helping to manage the medicines prescribed to relieve their symptoms
- how well informed you felt you were about these medicines and their efforts
- if you found it easy to discuss any concerns about medicines with health care professionals
- If there was any additional support that you needed in providing care for your friend or relative
In particular, the research team would like to talk to:
- to family and friend caregivers, who have experience of managing medicines for patients being cared for at home during the last months of life.
- to family and friend caregivers, patients and healthcare professionals about their experiences of managing medicines in the home.
Although it cannot be promised that information from the study will help participants directly, however it may help health professionals to understand family carers’ experience of managing medicines for seriously ill patients being cared for at home. This should help to improve the care and support provided in the future.
If you would like more information about the study, or would be interested in taking part please contact one of the researchers:
- Kristian Pollock on 0115 823 0810 or kristian.Pollock@Nottingham.ac.uk
- Eleanor Wilson on 0115 823 1201 or Eleanor.wilson@Nottingham.ac.uk
- Glenys Caswell on 0115 823 0872 or glenys.caswell@Nottingham.ac.uk