Jan: Routines with multiple medicines – Establishing effective medication routines

Listen to patients and health professionals speak about their experience with taking multiple medicines.

Age at interview: Undisclosed
Number of medicines: 15
Cultural background: Anglo-Australian

Jan’s medicines were introduced individually over time, which made it easier for her to maintain a routine and feel ok about her health.

But fortunately, I think, most of the time, it isn't something where you wake up one morning and you've got to start doing it. For me, at least, and I think for a lot of people, it would be a matter of just gradually adding to the regimen. So, you start off taking a couple of things and then you're taking three or four. In fact, I was quite shocked, filling out a form with my doctor for a referral to somebody and she'd put down my ... they had to be just a single word description of my state of health and she wrote ‘Fair’. And I was quite shocked! I would have thought it would have been ‘Good’, not ‘Excellent’! She said, ‘No! I think “Fair” is a fair description of your state of health.’ And that's sort of come about gradually, as I've got older.

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The Living with multiple medicines project was developed in collaboration with Healthtalk Australia.