The Aston Medication Adherence study, funded by the Heart of Birmingham teaching Primary Care Trust (HoBtPCT)1
focussed on four specific patient groups (as explained ‘Study Objectives’) registered with GP surgeries within 10 inner-city wards: Oscott, Perry Barr, Ladywood, Nechells, Springfield, Handsworth, Soho, Sparkbrook, Aston and Lozells.
Most of these wards are in the most deprived quintiles (3rd, 4th and 5th) compared with the national average with a highly diverse population, and are known to have a high number of patients with multiple long term conditions i.e. chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardio-vascular, especially prevalent within South Asian communities.
1 HoBtPCT is now known as the Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust Birmingham & Solihull NHS Cluster