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
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
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.
Research activities are focused on (i) pharmaco-epidemiological analysis of large longitudinal datasets to investigate medication use in paediatric populations (ii) development of paediatric surveillance systems to monitor antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance (AMR) burden in neonates and children in high, middle and low-income countries (iii) use of global AMR data to develop machine learning algorithms to predict resistance patterns and suggest appropriate empirical antibiotic treatment for healthcare professionals in clinical practice.