Australas J Ageing. 2021 Jul 16. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12846. Online ahead of print.
OBJECTIVE(S): To explore the attitudes of health-care providers and the perceived barriers and facilitators regarding the use of cannabis-containing medicines (CCMs) in older patients.
METHODS: Semi-structured interviews with eleven health-care providers in rural New South Wales (NSW). A thematic analysis was performed.
RESULTS: Themes and recommendations include attitudes towards CCMs for therapeutic purposes, their perceived uses, side effects, barriers to use and prescription (stigma, regulation, access and driving), difficulties encountered with the Special Access Scheme (SAS) and the need for ongoing research and education. An ecological framework demonstrated the complex interactions between patients and health-care providers and their social, community and political environment.
CONCLUSION: Providers’ attitudes towards CCM use in older patients are generally positive; however, there is a need for further high-quality evidence on efficacy and safety, alongside improved CCM education and training, to reduce barriers to their implementation. Barriers to prescription and access continue to evolve on personal, organisational and systemic levels.
Source: ncbi 2