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.

CPP research areas cardio-vascular support optimisation health safety use services

Perspectives on medicines use are important as they may affect how patients use medicines. Studies are exploring patients' desire for medicines information and how they use it. Our work also includes researching the perspectives of both patients and the public on pharmacy services, using a wide range of methods. Our studies have explored the views of the general public on generic medicines and labelling, the provision of public health advice by community pharmacies, medication reviews and MURs.

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Current Projects

Measuring the impact of medicines use

This work is designed to assess the effect of using long-term medicines on patients’ day-to-day lives, building on a previous study which found that many do in fact have negative impacts from medicines use. The work is led by Prof Janet Krska, Dr Sarah Corlett and Dr Barbra Katusiime. The team has developed an instrument for measuring the burden of using long-term medicines, the Living with Medicines Questionnaire (LMQ). The questionnaire is licensed by the University of Kent and available from Janet Krska. It has been translated into several languages and is being used in studies across the world. The LMQ has been used in our work in people with epilepsy and stroke and is currently being used in people with HIV.

Use of herbal medicines

Dr Sukvinder Bhamra is researching how people use herbal medicines in addition to or instead of allopathic medicines. She has also studied how health professionals use and recommend herbal medicines.

Medicines information

Following on from work exploring the sources of information patients use to learn about side effects from medicines, we are conducting a study to determine what patients really want from patient information leaflets. This involves PhD students both here at Medway and in Thailand.

 

27th June 2016

“Walk in my Shoes” - MSoP evaluates Pharmacy and GP Relationships

In 2015 Medway School of Pharmacy (MSoP) was invited to evaluate NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)'s, 'Walk in my Shoes' programme. The final report produced by MSoP’s Dr Trudy Thomas and PhD student, Michelle Cashin-Cox has contributed to the CCG being successfully shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ Patient Safety 2016 award in the Improving Safety in Primary Care Category. ...

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