Conducting Your Pharmacy Practice Research Project
A step-by-step guide
Felicity J Smith - Professor of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, University of London, UK
This second edition has been restructured to aid its navigation and comprehensively revised and expanded in recognition of the increased diversity of projects undertaken by students.
Research in pharmacy practice and medicines use is an important component of many postgraduate and undergraduate pharmacy programs. It is seen as invaluable in informing professional practice and service development. This clear and concise handbook considers the stages of the research process in logical order, from planning of the project through to dissemination of the findings.
This systematic guide will be of use to undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy students and their supervisors. It will also appeal to researchers unfamiliar with health services research methods and to practicing pharmacists new to conducting a research project.
Conducting Your Pharmacy Practice Research Project is also available as an eBook.
Part 1: Preparation, planning and management
2. Setting up the project, protocol development and ethics
3. Time management and working with others
4. For Supervisors
Part 2: Scientific enquiry and research methodology
5. A scientific approach to your research
6. Reviewing the literature
7. Types of study and research design
8. Sources of information, datasets, sampling and recruitment
9. Data collection: survey research and questionnaires
10. Data collection: interviews and focus groups
11. Data collection: prospective methods
12. Existing datasets and secondary analysis
13. Data processing and analysis
Part 3 Writing up and dissemination of the findings
14. The project report
15. Dissemination of the findings
2011, Journal of Pharmacy Practice and and Research
"This textbook...is a useful and concise resource for "first time researchers" in any practice setting...One of the strengths of this text is that it specifically devotes a section to "Writing up and Dissemination of the Findings", as an integral component of the research process...For those working in hospital pharmacy this section is especially useful as it emphasises the need to communicate research findings in order to effect change in the local setting, and how this might be done...Overall, this text is best read in its entirety (a fairly easy read!) as an introduction to research, and would be useful to anyone commencing a research project, not just research students and their supervisors. The text should be part of any hospital pharmacy's library of resources, and a prerequisite text for those taking on roles involving research activities at any level"
Dr Beata V. Bajorek, Academic Pharmacist, University of Sydney, Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research 41(1) 2011.