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HBCRG Seminar: The RAPID Study—Rationalising Antipsychotic Prescribing in Dementia

December 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Kieran Walsh

Affiliation: University College Cork

Organised by: The Health Behaviour Change Research Group

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Biography: Kieran Walsh is a 4th-year SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health Services Research Education) PhD Scholar based in University College Cork. Kieran is also a practising community pharmacist. His PhD is focusing on optimising the prescribing of antipsychotics to people with dementia in long term care settings. More broadly, he is interested in dementia research, mixed-methods research, public and patient involvement, healthcare professional behaviour change and implementation science. He has published several articles in journals such as Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Age and Ageing and International Psychogeriatrics, and has recently been a co-author on a New England Journal of Medicine publication. He has presented his findings at national and international conferences.

About the presentation:  The title of Kieran’s thesis is Rationalising Antipsychotic Prescribing in Dementia: A Mixed Methods Investigation. The overall aim of his thesis is to assess the feasibility of a theoretically-informed, evidence-based intervention to rationalise antipsychotic prescribing in nursing home residents with dementia. The upcoming seminar will describe Kieran’s research to-date, and how he utilised the Behaviour Change Wheel to develop a complex intervention, the RAPID study (Rationalising Antipsychotic Prescribing in Dementia). He will update us on the progress of this mixed-methods feasibility study as well outlining future policy and practice implications stemming from his research.

All are welcome! Please feel free to circulate to colleagues and contacts who may be interested in attending. The aim of these seminars is to support a network of people interested in research in Health Psychology and to provide opportunities for sharing and developing research ideas.

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