Special Issue "Health Services Research in the Use of Medicines"
A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2017).
Interests: provision of pharmaceutical care for older people; development and evaluation of complex interventions
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I have been asked to guest edit a special edition for the Pharmacy Journal on Health Services Research in the Use of Medicines. As you know, medicines are the main intervention used within western healthcare and are the second largest element within any health services budget after workforce. Consequently it is an important topic which is well researched.
I would very much like this Special Issue to encompass all areas of health services research in the use of medicines from prescribing through to medicines administration and patient related medicines taking behaviours. The setting within which the research takes places adds to the complexity of the subject and is of just as much interest as the intervention being tested. Understanding the barriers and facilitators which exist in different settings with respect to improving the use of medicines is important for intervention success.
Whilst I would be very interested in any current research in the area, I would also welcome literature reviews and thought pieces considering the future of research in the area. Whilst the use of pharmacists as prescribers, pharmacy technicians within medicines optimisation roles, and technology to support information sharing and decision making are obvious future directions for improving medicines use, there may be things on the horizon such as pharmacogenomics which you would like to draw the reader’s attention to.
If you are too busy yourself to make a contribution perhaps you could recommend a colleague either in your workplace or working in the same area as yourself whom you could recommend.
Prof. Dr. David Wright
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- Pharmaceutical care
- Medicines optimisation
- Pharmacy workforce