Exploring the enablers and barriers to implementing the Medication Appropriateness Tool for Comorbid Health conditions during Dementia (MATCH-D) criteria in Australia: A qualitative study

Amy Theresa Page, Rhonda Marise Clifford, Kathleen Potter, Liza Seubert, Andrew J. McLachlan, Xaysja Hill, Stephanie King, Vaughan Clark, Cristin Ryan, Nikesh Parekh, Christopher D. Etherton-Beer

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Objectives The Medication Appropriateness Tool for Comorbid Health conditions in Dementia (MATCH-D) criteria provide expert consensus guidance about medication use for people with dementia. This study aimed to identify enablers and barriers to implementing the criteria in practice. Setting Participants came from both rural and metropolitan communities in two Australian states. Participants Focus groups were held with consumers, general practitioners, nurses and pharmacists. Outcomes: data were analysed thematically. Results Nine focus groups were conducted. Fifty-five participants validated the content of MATCH-D, appraising them as providing patient-centred principles of care. Participants identified potential applications (including the use of MATCH-D as a discussion aid or educational tool for consumers about medicines) and suggested supporting resources. Conclusion Participants provided insights into applying MATCH-D in practice and suggested resources to be included in an accompanying toolkit. These data provide external validation of MATCH-D and an empiric basis for their translation to practice. Following resource development, we plan to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of implementation in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere017906
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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