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.
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 explore the views of the general public on medicines in general, the provision of public health advice by community pharmacies, medication reviews and MURs.
- Identification of adverse drug reactions (ADRs)
Work is ongoing both in Thailand in collaboration with Khon Kaen University Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and at Medway, involving Prof Janet Krska. Studies in both countries involve interviews with patients who believe they have experienced ADRs, to explore how they made the association between the drug and the reaction. These are leading to the development of tools to enable patients to assess their experiences, potentially empowering patients to inform health professionals and regulatory authorities about suspected ADRs.
- Patient experiences of adverse drug reactions: use of information in evaluating their experiences
This PhD project complements Thai studies. Bernadine O’Donovan is exploring experiences of ADRs, to determine what information people use to help them identify their symptoms.
- 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 and Dr Sarah Corlett. The team, which includes PhD student, Barbra Katusiime, has developed an instrument for measuring the burden of using long-term medicines, the Living with Medicines Questionnaire (LMQ). which is published in Patient Preference and Adherence DOI: 10.2147/PPA.S126647. The questionnaire is licensed by the University of Kent and available from Janet Krska. Barbra’s work is supported by a Commonwealth Scholarship.