Mechthild Hagedorn

Personal Statement

I have had a keen interest in pharmaceutical care since I graduated in 1992. With ABDA, Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists, Germany, I was employed as the first Pharmaceutical Care Advisor in 1994. After my first child was born, I left ABDA and continued to work regularly as an employed pharmacist. The community pharmacies where I worked in since 2006 served residential and nursing homes. Therefore, I started teaching nursing staff in care homes. I gained an increasingly better understanding of how nursing staff perceive medication and how drug related problems occur in residential homes. I connected these experiences with my knowledge as a clinical, geriatric pharmacist, as well as further training and evidence.

German National Standards in Nursing are developed and published by academic nurses and nursing practitioners. The standards are legally binding and increase quality of care. My key question is: Which role does medication play in the German National Standards in Nursing? My teaching helps nursing staff to transfer those requirements into daily practice. I recognize fall prevention, nutrition management and pain management as major issues, and since May 2021, I offer a structured approach called mediMethod, a continuing education program for nursing staff. mediScheme is a simple illustration of all diagnosis and all medicines of a geriatric patient on just one page.

Mechthild Hagedorn

Main focus: Pharmaceutical Care in the Elderly
Languages: German, English
Website: (English), (German).

Topics: care planning, diagnosis, drug related problems, Geriatric Pharmacy, German National Standards in Nursing, medication, mediMethod, mediScheme, nursing staff, patient safety
Services: training, coaching, blended learning, mediMethod


  • 2017 Geriatric Pharmacy, Chamber of Pharmacists Westfalen-Lippe, Münster

  • 2009 Music Geragogue, University of Applied Sciences for Social Affairs , Münster

  • 1994 Master of Science in Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, University of Manchester

  • 1992 Graduation as a pharmacist, Bonn University


DPhG - German Pharmaceutical Association

German Society for Music Geragogy

International Association for Music and Medicine

Thank you

A warm thank you to all those I feel connected with, in particular my families, teachers in music, pharmacy, homoeopathy, energetic healing, music geragogy and mindfulness. I was only able to develop the mediMethod due to great cooperation with all nursing staff I was allowed to teach. Before publishing my husband and medical doctor Harald Brandts-Hagedorn gives medical supervision. My friend and pharmacologist Andrea Maaß-Gerhartz checks the pharmaceutical evidence.