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Bell, S., Kelly, H., O'Flynn, J., Bermingham, M., Negrao, L., Riemenschneider H., Lyons, O. & Sahm., L.
From Molecules to People
Medication Challenges In The Post-Stroke Patient: A Qualitative Study
UCC, Cork
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Background: Secondary prevention medications are essential in the management of patients who have experienced a stroke to prevent recurrent cerebrovascular events. However, in the post-stroke period, patients face many medication-related challenges. These challenges are poorly described in the literature, particularly at the transition of care between hospital and home. Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) in primary care e.g. community pharmacists and speech and language therapists are crucial points of contact for stroke patientsí post-discharge. Poor communication between the acute and primary care settings can impede the ability of HCPs to adequately support patients during this period. The objective of this study is to elicit knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of patients or carers and HCPs in relation to medication challenges in the patient after discharge from the stroke unit. Methods: This qualitative study will examine the lived experience of patients, carers, and HCPs in relation to the continuity of care post-discharge from stroke unit. Participant groups are comprised of patient/carer dyads and HCPs. Data will be collected via a series of semi-structured interviews and analysed using thematic analysis. Findings: This project is a work in progress and does not yet have results. Discussion: Knowledge of medication-related challenges will better inform stroke discharge planning, with the aim to improve medication compliance in the post-stroke patient thereby reducing risk of recurrent stroke and contributing to better patient outcomes through enhancing seamless care. As this project is part of a wider European collaboration, results will contribute to improved continuity of care in an international context.