The Pharmacy Practice Group undertakes research which explores and develops the role of the pharmacist for the enhancement of the health service, the diversification of the profession and the benefit of the service user. In adopting diverse research approaches the group has established a range of research themes which are distinct but interlinked through their emphasis on innovation and change.
For service enhancements there is emphasis on work in pharmaco-epidemiology; the reclassification of medicines from prescription-only to over-the-counter pharmacy availability and an exploration of how new pharmacy initiatives are provided. In developing the profession work we are exploring the non-clinical factors affecting medicines decision-making and how to capture the communication processes in the professional - patient consultation; there is development of competency frameworks for pharmacists in different practice and career-stage contexts; development of innovative approaches in professional development and education; and health psychology and pharmacy practice. From the service-user perspective, there is an emphasis on patients' views on their medicines, the rationality of patient non-compliance with medication and how to enhance the quality of services for patients through better patient information. Of particular interest are the views of patients with dementia and those engaging in substance misuse.