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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)


Upcoming event:

FIP Pharmacy Practice Research Summer meeting 2022 in Utrecht, Netherlands

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The FIP Pharmacy Practice Research Special Interest Group (PPR SIG), in collaboration with Utrecht University and the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, is hosting an international event — “Pharmacy practice research summer meeting for PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and supervisors”on 4 and 5 July 2022 in Utrecht, Netherlands.

The main scope of the PPR SIG is to increase pharmacy practice contributions to global health by providing greater access to the latest high-quality international pharmacy practice research. During this meeting both starting-out and experienced researchers will be able to collaborate on major PPR themes.

Registration and abstract submission are open!

PhD students and their supervisors, researchers, academics, professional organisations and practitioners involved in research are welcome to join this face-to-face meeting to present their work and to start building new global pharmacy networks.

The programme will offer interactive workshops and keynote sessions on communicating with patients, qualitative research, pragmatic clinical trials and other topics.
All participants will be invited to take part in the networking event and interactive closing panel discussion, at which invited pharmacy professors will discuss the future of pharmacy practice research.

Book your place now, register here before 30 June!

Submit your abstract

Anyone can submit an abstract of their research before 15 April 2022. Every abstract will be reviewed through a competitive selection process by the conference committee. Selected authors will be invited to present their work either as a poster or as an oral presentation, as part of the event’s programme.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the Pharmacy Education journal and the best presentation will receive 2022 FIP Pharmacy Practice Research Presentation Award!

To get more information about how and where to submit your abstract, click here.

All participants will receive certificates of attendance and those who present their research will also receive certificates of presentation.

If you have any questions, contact us at

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, chaired by Dr Dalia Dawoud (UK)
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Research Methodology

Annual report

The 2021 annual report of the SIG on Pharmacy Practice Research can be found here.


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

Last update 4 May 2022

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