Table 1.

Eligibility criteria and participant characteristics

Carers (focus group 1), n = 8Carers (focus group 4), n = 6Older adults (focus group 2), n = 11Older adults (focus group 3), n = 3
Residence (of participant or participant’s care recipient)CommunityResidential aged care facilityCommunityRetirement village
Eligibility criteria
  • currently a non-paid carer for an older adult (aged >65 years) with ≥1 chronic medical conditions

  • care recipient must be taking

  • ≥1 regular prescription medications

  • conversationally proficient in English

  • aged >65 years

  • taking ≥1 regular prescription medication have ≥1 chronic medical conditions

  • conversationally proficient in English

Age, years (mean ± SD)70.3 ± 8.379.0 ± 6.379.4 ± 6.079.0 ± 1.0
Age of care recipient, years (mean ± SD)89.1 ± 11.585.2 ± 5.7
Number of medications of self or care recipient, (mean ± SD)7.0 ± 5.23.4 ± 1.53.4 ± 2.05.3 ± 4.0
Sex, (n female/n male)5/36/04/72/1
Comorbidities, % (n) of self or care recipient
  Cardiovascular disease75 (6)67 (4)45 (5)33 (1)
  Gastrointestinal disease13 (1)0 (0)9 (1)33 (1)
  Diabetes50 (4)33 (2)0 (0)0 (0)
  Kidney disease13 (1)0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)
  Respiratory disease0 (0)17 (1)9 (1)0 (0)
  Arthritis38 (3)17 (1)27 (3)67 (2)
  Osteoporosis50 (4)0 (0)0 (0)67 (2)
  Memory problems75 (6)100 (6)27 (3)0 (0)
Relationship of carer to care recipient, % (n)
  Spouse25 (2)83 (5)
  Son/daughter38 (3)0 (0)
  Other relative38 (3)0 (0)
  Other non-relative0 (0)17 (1)
  Local Health District Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantagea (area where focus group was held)261104.81120.71104.8951
  • a Australian scores are the reference point and are set to 1000 for each index (standard deviation of 100). Scores for local government areas are population-weighted means of the scores of their constituent census collector districts.

  • Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence.