PhD studentships

The Pharmacy Practice Research Group of the Medway School of Pharmacy is offering three PhD studentships (including fees and stipend), looking at the use of medicines in society. All are due to commence in September 2013. 

We are looking for candiates with experience in social sciences research methodology. The topics/projects are as follows:

1.       What support do community pharmacists need to deliver optimized care to patients post-stroke?
This is a collaboration with East and South East England Specialist Pharmacy Services and will look at pharmacists' consultation skills to help them elicit and engage with patients’ perspectives and concerns about taking medicines.

2.       Evaluation of potential methods for measuring the burden of polypharmacy
This is a collaboration with the University of Liverpool Medical School which aims to assess the ability of instruments to measure the effect of multiple medicines use (reated by clinical guidelines and specialist care), which may be excessive and becoming burdensome to patients.

3.       Development and testing of an algorithm to support direct patient reporting of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs)
This is a collaboration with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Birmingham and aims to develop and test a generic patient causality assessment tool to assist patients in deciding whether they have experienced an ADR. 

The Pharmacy Practice Research Group currently has nine PhD students from a variety of backgrounds, working in diverse areas, many using social science techniques including both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. 

These studentships are all advertised on the website where there are further details. Or please contact Professor Janet Krska at:
Medway School of Pharmacy, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB
Tel: 01634 202950

Closing date is May 14th 2013
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