International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 724–730 | Cite as

Future methods in pharmacy practice research

  • A. B. Almarsdottir
  • Z. U. D. BabarEmail author


This article describes the current and future practice of pharmacy scenario underpinning and guiding this research and then suggests future directions and strategies for such research. First, it sets the scene by discussing the key drivers which could influence the change in pharmacy practice research. These are demographics, technology and professional standards. Second, deriving from this, it seeks to predict and forecast the future shifts in use of methodologies. Third, new research areas and availability of data impacting on future methods are discussed. These include the impact of aging information technology users on healthcare, understanding and responding to cultural and social disparities, implementing multidisciplinary initiatives to improve health care, medicines optimization and predictive risk analysis, and pharmacy as business and health care institution. Finally, implications of the trends for pharmacy practice research methods are discussed.


Future Pharmacy practice Research methods 




Conflicts of interest

None of the authors have any competing interests in the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health SciencesUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Institute of Public HealthUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  3. 3.Lahore Pharmacy College (A project of Lahore Medical and Dental College)LahorePakistan

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