Research Strategy

Pharmacy Research UK funds research into the practice of pharmacy – we are interested in how and why people access pharmacy services, what pharmacies do, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. We seek to understand the way professionals, patients and the public think about and access medicines and pharmacy services and utilise our research outputs to develop and support policy and practice relevant to pharmacy, health and social care.

Pharmacy Research UK’s vision is

to improve the health of the public through excellence in pharmacy research”.

We view timely research, evaluation and evidence generation as fundamental for the advancement of pharmacy practice and related policy for public benefit; in providing new knowledge and helping to establish ways of working that reflect good practice and consequently establish a platform for change.

Furthermore, pharmacy is both a knowledge-based and value-based profession. Thus, studies that have sought to understand pharmacy professionalism, values and ethical literacy have informed developments in education, practice, professional development and regulation.

Our goal is to fund research that supports the clinical and effective use of medicines, ensuring that associated risks are minimised and effect is maximised.

For more information please download our Research Strategy below.

Pharmacy Research UK Research Strategy


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