Caring for people with Intellectual Disabilities - the prevalent clinical dilemmas posed by multimorbidity and polypharmacy

DRA lecture held by Martin Henman, Associate Professor in the Practice of Pharmacy and Co-ordinator of the Centre for the Practice of Pharmacy in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

After completing his PhD in pharmacology, Martin Henman started in University practice and he teaches both pharmacology and the practice of pharmacy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on several courses in TCD. He has additional qualifications in Pharmaceutical Care and in Health Economics. He holds Adjunct Clinical Pharmacy positions at the University of Colorado, of Southern California and at St Louis College of Pharmacy. His research interests are Pharmaceutical Care, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance, health services research, Pharmaceutical Policy, Ethics and practice, Palliative Care and Pharmacy education.

People with Intellectual Disabilities face many challenges because they experience multimorbidity, polypharmacy and have difficulty in communicating about their health and medication needs. Health Services are designed for autonomous patients and their carers and are not configured to provide care for this small, highly dependent, population. Health Care Professionals often do not know enough about Intellectual Disability, and they find it difficult to adapt their consultation style. Using a series of case studies, some of the prevalent clinical dilemmas posed by multimorbidity and polypharmacy will be presented alongside a commentary from the research literature. Practical aspects of communication and providing care for people with Intellectual Disability and the care of other vulnerable groups will be discussed.


The lecture is organised on behalf of the graduate programme in pharmaceutical sciences, Drug Research Academy, by Professor Anna Birna Almarsdóttir, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

The DRA lecture is free of charge and open for attendance by all interested parties. It is not necessary to pre-register.