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Medicines Optimisation

PGR-RA-86

Expertise of research area
Medicines Optimisatio; Nursing; Promoting optimal use


<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The Medicines Optimisation theme is made of up a broad selection of practitioners and researchers from pharmacy, health services research and social scientists. The work undertaken as part of the theme is informed by direct experience of medicines within clinical practice and aims to improve how medicines are prescribed and reviewed professionally.

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<h2>Who we are</h2> <p>Pharmacists, health services researchers and social scientists working on research derived from our direct experience with medicines use in clinical practice.</p> <h2>What do we do</h2> <p>We are interested in &#39;medicines optimisation&#39;? how medicines are prescribed and reviewed by health professionals, the impact of information people get with their medicines, and how and why people do &ndash; and do not - take their medicines.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Our work &nbsp;</h2> <ul> <li>Promoting optimal use of&nbsp;<a href="http://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/healthcare-research-innovation/doc/medicine-administration-care-assistants-care-homes/page/1">medicines in care homes</a>, including ensuring that residents are not taking unnecessary medicines&nbsp;</li> <li>Understanding and improving the management of medicines during transfers of care, such as from hospital to home</li> <li>Increasing the effective provision of information to patients about medicines, including the likelihood of benefit and harm</li> <li>Making effective use of medicines to manage long-term pain</li> <li>Improving patients&rsquo; adherence to medication advice and regimens</li> </ul> <h2>How do we do our research</h2> <p>We collaborate with colleagues nationally (at the University of Bradford, University of East Anglia, and Queen&rsquo;s University Belfast) and internationally (in Utrecht, Sydney, and North Carolina).&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>To submit an application in this research area please complete an <a href="https://studentservices.leeds.ac.uk/pls/banprod/bwskalog_uol.P_DispLoginNon">online application form</a> and submit this alongside a research proposal, a full academic CV, degree transcripts (or marks so far if still studying) and degree certificates. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the Faculty&rsquo;s minimum <a href="https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/faculty-graduate-school/doc/entry-requirements-1">English language requirements</a>.</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

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<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:fmhpgradmissions@leeds.ac.uk">fmhpgradmissions@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 8221.</p>