Healthcare Delivery and Medicines Optimisation

Development of interventions that improve the health outcomes of patients in primary and secondary care

Research in this theme is focused on the development and implementation of interventions that improve the health outcomes of patients in primary and secondary care. Activities are concentrated on improving systems of patient care in all health care sectors with a focus on the appropriateness of prescribing in chronic disease and in care home residents with dementia, and medication adherence in children.

Research themes and areas of activity

Systems of Healthcare Delivery


Professor James McElnay

Professor Carmel Hughes

Dr Heather Barry


Research activities are focused on improving systems of patient care, for example, the implementation of pharmacy-run medicines management clinics, the use of medicines optimisation approaches through complex interventions, connected health programmes, and new models of primary care delivery.

Quality of Care in Vulnerable Populations 


Professor Carmel Hughes

Dr Carole Parsons

Dr Heather Barry


Research activities are focused on the nursing and residential home setting, but also extend to primary care, particularly in general practice and community pharmacy. Interventional, cross-sectional, epidemiological and qualitative work focus on the appropriateness of prescribing in chronic disease and polypharmacy, and evaluation of patterns of prescribing in care home residents with dementia as they approach end of life.

 

Clinical paediatrics


Professor James McElnay


Research activities are focused on medication adherence in children using a range of direct adherence assessment tools, including remote direct observation of therapy and dried blood spot (DBS) sampling, linked with pharmacokinetic modelling.

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