“…it is what it is”: Medication administration and decision-making in Residential Aged Care Homes

Presenter: Stephanie Garratt, NARI

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About the presentation

Medication administration rounds are a routine clinical care activity within Residential Aged Care (RAC) Homes. They require a significant amount of attention to detail from staff, and can be a highly interpersonal activity. Prior studies emphasize that staff are under time pressures during medication administration and may not have the capacity to engage with residents on a personalized level. Yet very few studies on medication administration and decision-making include the voices and perspectives of RAC home residents. This presentation will report the findings from a multi-method qualitative survey, which explored perspectives and experiences of medication administration and decision-making with RAC home staff and residents in New Zealand. Drawing on ethical principles, and ideas around relational care, the presentation will highlight that medication administration is an aspect of care in RAC homes where staff may feel tension between their professional values and the guidance available to them when making decisions.

About the presenter

Stephanie Garratt is a Research Officer at the National Ageing Research Institute. She has worked on a wide range of projects across the Aged Care and Clinical Gerontology Divisions at NARI, focused around quality care, language translation technology, and dementia care. Stephanie is particularly interested in research around applied ethics/ethics in practice, clinical decision-making, and the aged care workforce.  Outside of NARI she also enjoys teaching group fitness classes as a Les Mills instructor. Currently she is in the last stages of her Doctorate with the University of Auckland, NZ, supervised by Prof Ngaire Kerse (Chair in Ageing Well), Dr Monique Jonas (Healthcare Ethics), and Dr Kathy Peri (Nursing, Aged Care/Palliative Care).

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