Pharmacists as the delivery channel of a theory-based intervention to support medication adherence in adults with asthma.

Summary:

This PhD is part of a larger research project at NIHR CLAHRC North Thames that aims to increase medication adherence to preventer inhalers (inhaled corticosteroids) among adults with asthma. The aim of the PhD is to assess whether pharmacists in the United Kingdom (UK) are a suitable delivery channel for a theory-based intervention targeting medication adherence to preventer inhalers. The aim is divided into three objectives; 1.) to review available evidence on the effectiveness of pharmacist-led interventions in improving medication adherence, 2.) to identify the barriers and enablers of the intervention from a pharmacist and patient perspective, and 3.) to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the pharmacist-led intervention in a before-and-after study conducted in a GP practice.

Supervisors: Professor Rob Horne (UCL) and Professor Steph Taylor (QMUL)

Start date and duration: September 27th 2015, 3 years

Partners and collaborators: the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUKCAR), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Haringey CCG