Mia: Forgetting and remembering to take medicines – Strategies that help people remember to take medicines

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

Age at interview: 30
Number of medicines: 12
Cultural background: Israeli-Australian

Mia finds it easier to remember to take the contraceptive pill than medication for Crohn’s disease because there is an incentive with the pill that is more immediately meaningful.

I was much better with that. There is also, as irresponsible as it seems or responsible, I don’t know, there is a slightly different incentive to taking that. A sore tummy is not quite the same as a child [laughs] so whether they are right reasons or not, because I know that the Crohn's can lead to surgery and all sorts of dreadful things. I don’t know, it's just a different incentive that seems to click better in my head. You can compare it to telling a young girl, if you tell a young girl that smoking will kill her and give her lung cancer, she is like whatever, but if you tell a young girl that smoking will make her ugly and wrinkly she might stop. It's the wrong reason to stop but it works.

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