Clinical and professional practice
Pharmacists have two key functions which serve the public - ensuring best use of medicines and supporting improvements in health. Our research encompasses both these functions by exploring the impact of using medicines, ways of enhancing medicines use and of improving public health, with a focus on cardiovascular and related diseases, mental health and neurological conditions. We underpin this by providing and evaluating the educational and other support needed by current and future practising pharmacists.
To find out more about our research and current projects follow the links below.
Medicines safety is important for both patients and the public. Our work in this area includes studies enabling the public to identify and report Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) and medicines reconciliation on admission to hospital. Studies are also ongoing on workload pressures in community pharmacy which have a potential impact on medication errors.
- Information on medicines
Work in Thailand involving Prof Janet Krska has demonstrated the urgent need for Patient Information Leaflets to be made available to patients when supplied with medicines. At present there is no requirement for these to be produced or provided in Thailand. Studies to date have evaluated existing information available for Thai patients, explored their information needs and sought the views of hospital pharmacists in providing medicines information. Current work is evaluating a series of Patient Information Leaflets involving patients in assessing acceptability and understanding of these through user testing.
- Evaluation of medicines reconciliation services provided by hospital pharmacists
This large project involves 30 acute hospitals in England, studying the different extent to which medicines reconciliation is needed in different specialities, led by Linda Dodds.
- Exploring effective methods of behaviour control in nursing homes
A PhD student, funded by Kent Health, is exploring differences in the approaches used by different nursing homes to the management of difficult behaviours. In particular she will study how psychotropic drugs are used to control behaviours and identify strategies for reducing these. Contact Dr Shivaun Gammie.
- Community pharmacy workload and novel pharmacy services
This PhD project, being undertaken by Mrs Victoria Lea, and supervised by Dr Ruth Rodgers and Dr Sarah Corlett, involves the observation of community pharmacists at the workplace and comparison of this with self-reported workloads. Ultimately this project will identify barriers to the development and uptake of novel pharmaceutical services.