Our aim is to maximise the use of Scotland’s rich health informatics datasets, including the new individual level prescribing dataset, to support stratified medicine approaches and investigate the impact of interventions on public health.
The group focuses on medicine adherence, clinical outcomes and toxicities in real world clinical practice, and involves programmes in cardiovascular and immunological therapies, with complementary programmes in respiratory disease, cancer and infection.
We also lead the clinical infection informatics work stream within the new Scottish Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Institute. Our clinical–academic pharmacoepidemiology network is embedded in local NHS systems and links with other international research networks.
The Health Care programme focuses on new health technologies (medicines, diagnostics, telehealth, robotics), dosage guidelines to optimise therapy, and service delivery models.
We have active programmes in community pharmacy, primary care and hospital care understanding current practice and evolving and testing new quality improvement initiatives focused on improving medicines use.
Research Group Members
Professor Marion Bennie
My research involves influencing health policy (in Scotland and more internationally) through new evidence generation informed by analysis of real world healthcare data (at scale) and the design and test of novel interventions to support the safer and more effective use of medicines.
Dr. Emma Dunlop
With a background in Psychology, my research interests are in pharmacy practice research and the utilisation of qualitative research methods and data analysis. My previous work streams have focused on palliative care delivery in primary care, automation in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and in pharmacy distribution, and more recently in patient reported outcome measures (PROMs).
Dr. Rosemary Newham
I am a chartered psychologist working within health services research. Working within the field of Implementation Science, I am currently involved with two projects: (1) how human factors can be applied within community pharmacy and (2) evaluating the implementation of the pharmacotherapy service within general practices in Scotland.
Professor Scott Bryson
My teaching focus is Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Medicines Regulation, while my principal clinical interest is Motor Neurone Disease.
Professor Mags Watson
Mags’ research portfolio is focused on the synthesis and translation of evidence to support the safe and effective use of medicines, and the development of the pharmacy workforce to increase capacity within the health service, to optimise patient outcome.