Abdikarim Mohamed Abdi, PharmD, MSc, PhD, Director of Clinical Experiential Practices | Clinical lecturer | Internal Medicine, Turkey
As pharmacy practice continues advancing toward more patient caring and centered practice, pharmacists introduce tenths of different new and pre existing services aimed to contribute to the field of patient safety and achieving better therapeutic outcomes based on patient needs.1
Majority of pharmacy education curriculums prepare pharmacists for documenting potential services and also conducting different types of researches. Studies carried by community pharmacists can make a significant contribution to patient care and future practice from small scale local project initiatives to large scale treatment effectiveness of new service evaluation studies.2
Often these services face the lack of acknowledgment and discontinuity hampered by a lack of easily accessible evidence locally and also published evidence that informs national guidelines about a need for new services and about best practices.
Community pharmacists being most accessible healthcare providers and the largest sector within pharmacy can contribute much in providing such evidence through pharmacy practice research. Pharmacists can contribute to research by testing and documenting feasibility of new services, observing trends of drugs use and disease progression and later analyzing and communicating related findings. This not only benefit the health of the local population but when designed and shared appropriately; may lead to ultimately influencing wider service development and thus further advancement of pharmacy practice globally.
- Recognize the importance of involvement in pharmacy practice research as a core part of normal daily practice.
- Differentiate different types of research methods
- State essential steps in conducting good quality researches
- Give examples of study questions or research ideas suitable in community pharmacy setting.