Aim & mission
Our aim is to optimise the safe and effective use of medicines through: maximising the use of health informatics and electronic health records; supporting stratified/personalised medicines; and the design/development, implementation and evaluation of healthcare interventions (e.g. guidelines and digital health technologies).
Our mission is to enhance our international profile to become a recognised Centre of Excellence in Medicines’ Informatics that informs a more “stratified” approach to both the choice of medicine and the care delivery package. This involves personalising the technology (i.e. the medicine) through analysis and interpretation of real-world data, and the accompanying care package (i.e. the intervention) by utilising our digital health and care expertise.
Research themes & areas
Research within the Pharmacoepidemiology and Health care Research group spans three main themes and involves engagement and collaboration with key stakeholders. These stakeholders include: clinicians; policy makers within the health and social care community; academia at both a national and international level; and patients and the public.
The key research themes are:
- Pharmacoepidemiology - this involves analysis of real-world clinical practice data to provide real-world evidence on the effectiveness and safety of medicines that support stratified, personalised or precision medicine approaches to patient care. Examples of research areas and topics include the Cancer Medicine Outcome Programme (CMOP), antimicrobial resistance and cardiovascular medicines.
- Health Services Research - this involves the design/assessment of new health technologies (such as medicines, diagnostics, telehealth, robotics), as well as models of health service delivery, new therapeutic guidelines, public health resource management and patient outcomes and experiences. Examples of research areas/topics include the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, the NHS Scotland General Practice Clinical Pharmacy workforce.
- Drug Utilisation and Health Policy - this involves national and cross-national drug utilisation studies to understand medicines use and to develop strategies to improve the rational use of medicines. Examples include antibiotic surveillance programmes and studies, particularly across Africa, aimed at improving antibiotic use and combating the threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the design, development and implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programmes; and cross-national collaborative projects.
Research group members
Dr Amanj Kurdi
Senior Lecturer & Research Group Lead
My research interests are pharmacoepidemiology, health service research and drug utilisation research around non-communicable diseases and antimicrobial resistance, using patient level data and a wide range of advanced methods.
Dr Gazala Akram
Senior Teaching Fellow
My research focus is primarily optimising psychotropic medicine use through education and behaviour change in patients, care givers and health professionals as well as developing the role of the Community Pharmacy team. I have expertise in qualitative methodologies including Action Research, the Delphi Technique, Interviewing and Service Evaluation.
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.
With a background in Psychology, my research interests are in health service 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 and hospital pharmacy, and in pharmacy distribution, and more recently in patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) while working on the Scottish Government funded Cancer Medicines Outcomes Programme (CMOP).
Dr Jaheeda Gangannagaripalli
I am a health services researcher and an academic pharmacist with a PhD in Pharmacy and a MSc in Clinical Research. My research is about improving patient safety and quality of health care, with a specific interest in the safe and effective use of medicines in vulnerable populations. I have collaborated nationally and internationally on a number of projects under the umbrella term ‘Patient Safety and Quality of Health Care’.
Dr Sabrina Anne Jacob
My research interests are pharmacy education, mental health, pharmaceutical care, adherence, patients’ attitudes and beliefs, and healthcare access of persons with disabilities.
Dr Tanja Mueller
My research interest is, broadly speaking, rational use of medicines. Although my work is mainly in the area of Pharmacoepidemiology – more specifically, Drug Utilisation Research – I am also interested in Pharmaceutical Public Health and Health Services Research. While mostly applying a range of statistical methods, I am also interest in mixed-methods approaches.
Dr Rosemary Newham
I am a chartered psychologist working within health services research. My research interests include outcome measurement within healthcare, service implementation, technology use and the patients’ role within healthcare.
Professor Mags Watson
Professor of Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice
My research focuses upon generating and translating evidence to:
- achieve the safe and effective use of medicines, particularly in vulnerable populations e.g. older people with sensory impairment.
- increase capacity within the health system through the effective and cost-effective use of pharmacy personnel.
I use multiple methods and a multi-disciplinary approach to my research and include relevant stakeholders, particularly patients and the public.
Dr Natalie McFayden Weir
As a community pharmacist and health services researcher, my research focuses on increasing the capacity of pharmacy personnel to improve patient care which includes developing, evaluating and implementing new pharmacy roles, services and technology solutions. My work draws upon the fields of Implementation Science and Human Factors / Ergonomics using mixed method approaches.