Development of strategies for pharmacy practice research is to be facilitated by a newly established special interest group within the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
One of the objectives of the Special Interest Group on Pharmacy Practice Research is to increase pharmacy contributions to global health through widening access to the latest high quality international pharmacy practice research.
“It is thanks to pharmacy practice research that many pharmacy services are being offered and paid for.
“The development of new services is also, more and more, being influenced by practice research,” says Professor Charlie Benrimoj, the group’s first chair and Head of the Graduate School of Health at University of Technology, Sydney.
“The scope of pharmacy practice research has expanded over the past 50 years to encompass the clinical, behavioural, economic and humanistic implications of the practice of pharmacy, heath care systems, medicines use and patient care.
“The Special Interest Group on Pharmacy Practice Research will allow exchange of pharmacy practice research between senior researchers, early career researchers, postdoctoral fellows, pharmacist practitioners and PhD or MSc students in order to produce high quality evidence at an international level,” he says.