Research Ready case studies
Community pharmacy research involvement
Community pharmacies can get involved in research in a number of ways:
- Raising patient and public awareness of opportunities to get involved in research
- Promoting suitable research studies to patients and the public (e.g. leaflets, posters)
- Identifying suitable study participants (e.g. opportunistically or through relevant clinics or via searches of the patient medication record)
- Recruiting to studies (e.g. obtaining valid informed consent)
- Supporting or delivering an intervention (e.g. taking samples, running clinics, managing patient data)
- Storing and dispensing clinical trial medication
- Advising on study design and feasibility of delivery in community pharmacy
- Providing expert advice on medicines use and optimisation.
A number of case studies are presented below to illustrate where pharmacies have supported studies in different ways.