Medication use and perceptions of GP care in advanced age: Findings from LiLACS NZ presents key findings about the use of prescribed medications, medication aids, and the perception of GP services for Māori (aged 80 to 90 years) and non-Māori (aged 85 years).
The findings are from a population-based sample of people in advanced age living in the Bay of Plenty, who are taking part in a longitudinal study of advanced ageing, called Life and Living in Advanced Age: a Cohort Study in New Zealand – Te Puā waitanga O Ngā Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu (LiLACS NZ).
The report is available on the LiLACS NZ website.
Preview of key findings
- Thirty percent of people used medication aids and those who reported at times forgetting to take their medications were more likely to use them.
- Most people in advanced age rated their relationship with the GP as very good.
This information will assist the health sector, especially health policy analysts, planners and health care providers from District Health Boards, Primary Health Organisations, Māori health providers to plan and deliver services to people in advanced age.