Emma: Forgetting and remembering to take medicines – Interruptions to usual routines

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

Age at interview: 41
Number of medicines: 19
Cultural background: Anglo-Australian

Emma found managing medicines easier when she was living at home. Now she lives on her own and goes out at night, she occasionally forgets her medicines.

I pretty much was probably only on one or two at that stage. So I probably remembered to take them because they were specifically with my meals. I guess Mum was there to remind me. Now that I'm on my own it's kind of like, you must remember. I do sometimes forget. If I do go out with my friends in the evening for dinner and I get home late at night, 11 o'clock, I may forget. I may not take all of them because it's so late in the evening. I guess that's the hardest thing. I get tired.

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