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Pharmacy practice research special interest group

Pharmacy practice research looks at the impact of the practice of pharmacy on health care systems, medicines use and patient care. Its scope has expanded over the past 50 years to encompass aspects such as the clinical, behavioural, economic and humanistic implications of the pharmacy practice as well as practice change and implementation of innovations and new services in routine practice. 

The drive for the expanded role of the pharmacist, in many environments, has been stimulated by professional evolution and professional organisations, but also by pharmacy practice research, which will continue to influence the development of new services in the future. 
Pharmacy practice research

Pharmacy practice research usually covers:

  • Pharmacy practice research methods
  • The design and development of professional pharmacy services and interventions
  • The assessment of the efficacy and effectiveness of pharmacists’ interventions (following the ECHO ― economic, clinical and humanistic outcomes ― model)
  • The implementation of innovations and services in different pharmacy settings (using implementation science research methods)
  • Pharmacy and health policy
  • Patient and medication safety
  • Interprofessional collaboration (collaborative practice)


 Current activities

The FIP Pharmacy Practice Research Special Interest Group is hosting a free international online event: "Pharmacy Practice Research Virtual Summer Meeting for PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and supervisors" on 24 June 2021, from 10:00 until 14:00 CEST, where experienced researchers and higher degree students will be able to network and collaborate on various major themes in pharmacy practice research. 

Abstract submission is now open!

All participants can submit an abstract of their research by 6 June 2021, which will be reviewed through a competitive selection process by the conference committee. 20 authors will be invited to present their work online, with a pre-recorded three-minute presentation, and answer questions from the audience during the event. Submit your abstract here!

For more details on the event, registration and abstract submission click here.

How we work

The special interest group is chaired by Dr Victoria Garcia Cardenas (Australia) and vice-chaired by Dr Charlotte Rossing (Denmark) and Dr Fernanda Tonin (Brazil).

Eight focus groups have been set up on specific areas: 

  • Technologies in Pharmacy
  • Implementation Research
  • Adherence
  • Medication Review
  • Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Health Economics
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Research Methodology

Update report

An update report of the SIG on PPR can be found here.



For more information about this group or to get involved, email

Last update 25 May 2021

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