Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Professor, Head of Pharmacy Practice

5 West - 3.33
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386787 


Prof  Marjorie Weiss 


I am interested in the way patients make decisions about taking medicines, how health care professionals’ make decisions about what [and whether] to prescribe and the use of education to change health care professionals’ behaviour.

Patient Decision-making about taking Medicines

  • Shared decision-making involving decisions about medicines (concordance) and the extent to which this occurs in practice.
  • The use of patient decision aids to facilitate patient involvement in decision-making.
  • The rationality of patient accounts when deciding not to start anti-hypertensive medication.
  • Women’s views on the effect of an increased range of suppliers of emergency contraception.

Health Care Professionals’ Decision-making

  • Non-clinical factors that influence the decision-making of general practitioners, such as why general practitioners prescribe when it is not clinically necessary.
  • How cost to the patient and overall health care costs influence general practitioners’ clinical decisions.
  • How pharmacy counter assistants facilitate or hinder over-the-counter medicine sales.
  • Nurses’ and doctors’ views of patient expectation for an antibiotic.
  • How changes in the health care system have affected the professional status of doctors and pharmacists.

Use of Education to Change Health Care Professionals’ Behaviour

  • To evaluate the use of educational interventions to improve the way health care professionals communicate with patients.
  • Adult learning and innovation in teaching practice as methods of changing health care professional behaviour.
  • The appropriateness of different outcome measures to assess the extent to which shared-decision making about medicine decisions has occurred.


Veeren, J. C. and Weiss, M., 2017. Trends in emergency hospital admissions in England due to adverse drug reactions:2008–2015. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 8 (1), pp. 5-11.

Weiss, M., Platt, J., Riley, R. and Horrocks, S., 2016. GPs, Nurses and Pharmacists as Prescribers in Primary Care: An Exploration using the Social Identity Approach. International Journal of Health Professions, 3 (2), pp. 153-164.

Grey, E., Harris, M., Rodham, K. and Weiss, M. C., 2016. Characteristics of good quality pharmaceutical services common to community pharmacies and dispensing general practices. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 24 (5), pp. 311-345.

Weiss, M. C., Grey, E., Harris, M. and Rodham, K., 2016. Dispensing doctor practices and community pharmacies:exploring the quality of pharmaceutical services. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 17 (1), pp. 42-55.

Riley, R. and Weiss, M. C., 2016. A qualitative thematic review:emotional labour in healthcare settings. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72 (1), pp. 6-17.

Weiss, M., Platt, J., Riley, R., Chewning, B., Taylor, G., Horrocks, S. and Taylor, A., 2015. Medication Decision Making and Patient Outcomes in GP, Nurse and Pharmacist Prescriber Consultations. Primary Health Care Research & Development

Alsaleh, M., Weiss, M. and Family, H. E., 2015. Illness and medication beliefs among elderly Kuwaiti patients with type 2 diabetes in primary health care setting in Kuwait:a qualitative study. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 23 (S1), p. 12.

Family, H., Weiss, M. and Sutton, J., 2015. A diary study of community pharmacists' mental workload.

Grey, E., Family, H., Sutton, J. and Weiss, M., 2014. Are community pharmacists part of the primary care team? A survey of community pharmacist, GP and practice nurse perceptions of team work.

Family, H., Weiss, M. and Sutton, J., 2014. A qualitative study of the frustrations experienced by community pharmacists.

Weiss, M. C., Platt, J., Riley, R., Taylor, G., Horrocks, S. and Taylor, A., 2013. Solicitations in GP, nurse and pharmacist prescriber consultations:an observational study. Family Practice, 30 (6), pp. 712-718.

Family, H., Weiss, M. and Sutton, J., 2013. Perceived time pressure and its effect on final dispensing check accuracy.

Haddington, N., Hanning, L., Weiss, M. and Taylor, D. A., 2013. The use of a high-fidelity simulation manikin in teaching clinical skills to fourth year undergraduate pharmacy students. Pharmacy Education, 13 (1), pp. 54-60.

Holmström, A.-R., Airaksinen, M., Weiss, M., Laaksonen, R., Wuliji, T. and Chan, X.H., 2012. National and local medication error reporting systems: a survey of practices in 16 countries. Journal of Patient Safety, 8 (4), pp. 165-176.

Riley, R., Weiss, M. C., Platt, J., Taylor, G., Horrocks, S. and Taylor, A., 2012. A comparison of GP, pharmacist and nurse prescriber responses to patients' emotional cues and concerns in primary care consultations. Patient Education and Counseling, 91 (1), pp. 65-71.

Family, H., Weiss, M. and Sutton, J., 2012. Thinking aloud: use of a research technique with pharmacy students and qualified pharmacists.

Weiss, M. C., 2011. Diagnostic decision making: the last refuge for general practitioners? Social Science and Medicine, 73 (3), pp. 375-382.

Taylor, D. A. and Weiss, M. C., 2010. Medication issues for people with early dementia. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 18 (Suppl 1), pp. 45-46.

Stupariu, I., Laaksonen, R., Weiss, M. C. and Jones, S., 2010. Self-assessed competence of pharmacy undergraduate students. Pharmacy Practice, 8 (Suppl 1), pp. 41-42.

Weiss, M. C., Booth, A., Jones, B., Ramjeet, S. and Wong, E., 2010. Use of simulated patients to assess the clinical and communication skills of community pharmacists. Pharmacy World and Science, 32 (3), pp. 353-361.

Weiss, M. C. and Sutton, J., 2009. The changing nature of prescribing: pharmacists as prescribers and challenges to medical dominance. Sociology of Health and Illness, 31 (3), pp. 406-421.

Weiss, M. C., 2009. Concordance. In: Winfield, A. J., Rees, J. A. and Smith, I., eds. Pharmaceutical Practice. 4th edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, pp. 523-532.

Cramer, H., Shaw, A., Wye, L. and Weiss, M., 2009. Over-the-counter advice seeking about complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) in community pharmacies and health shops: an ethnographic study. Health & Social Care in the Community, 18 (1), pp. 41-50.

Weiss, M. C. and Peters, T. J., 2008. Measuring shared decision making in the consultation: a comparison of the OPTION and Informed Decision Making instruments. Patient Education and Counseling, 70 (1), pp. 79-86.

Sutton, J. and Weiss, M., 2008. Involving patients as advisors in pharmacy practice research: what are the benefits? International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 16 (4), pp. 231-238.

Baxter, K., Weiss, M. C. and Grand, J. L., 2008. The dynamics of commissioning across organisational and clinical boundaries. Journal of Health, Organisation and Management, 22 (2), pp. 111-128.

This list was generated on Sat Oct 21 16:18:04 2017 IST.

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