A pharmacist-led medicines review intervention in community-dwelling Māori older adults– a feasibility study protocol

Joanna Hikaka*, Carmel Hughes, Rhys Jones, Martin J. Connolly, Nataly Martini

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Background: Pharmacists have a role to play in supporting the optimal use of medicines to ensure older adults receive therapeutic benefit whilst minimising medicines-related harm. In Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ), Māori (Indigenous people of NZ) experience inequities in the determinants of health, including access to medicines, resulting in increased morbidity, earlier onset of chronic conditions and reduced life expectancy. This study aims to test the feasibility of a pharmacist-led medicines review intervention in community-dwelling Māori older adults. Method: This is a non-randomised, non-controlled feasibility study undertaken within a kaupapa Māori methodological framework which supports the right of Māori to be included throughout the research process and seeks to potentiate transformational, positive change for Māori. The research pharmacist will recruit 30 participants (Māori; 55 years or older; community-dwelling). Participants will undergo a medicines education session with the pharmacist (medicines reconciliation, medicines information, well-being goal setting), with the option to proceed to a medicines optimisation session that includes the participant, pharmacist and primary prescriber (review of potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP); medicines management plan development). Primary outcomes: participant and prescriber acceptability of intervention. Secondary outcomes include baseline and post-intervention medicines knowledge, PIP and quality of life scores, and number of changes made to the medicines regimen. Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval was granted by the Northern B Health and Disability Committee (9/NTB/106). Study results will be disseminated to various stakeholders including Māori communities, health practitioners and providers, and researchers through meetings and conference presentations, lay summaries and peer-reviewed journals. This study is an example of health service design, delivery and evaluation, informed by Indigenous knowledge and methodology, developed explicitly to address inequities in health outcomes for, and with, Māori and will inform the decision to proceed to a randomised controlled trial to test the effect of this intervention. Trial registration number: ACTRN12619001070123.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1264-1271
JournalResearch in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Issue number9
Early online date05 Dec 2019
Publication statusEarly online date - 05 Dec 2019


  • Health service development
  • Indigenous health
  • Medicines review
  • Older adults
  • Pharmaceutical services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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