Research Grant

ESCP Research Grant 2018 Success

Every two years, ESCP awards a research grant which aims to allow the recipients to undertake research that has the potential to advance clinical pharmacy in Europe. The grant is open to all ESCP members and affiliated with organisations based in Europe.

This year there were four applications which were independently reviewed by five members of the ESCP Research Committee and General Committee. All applications were of a very high standard worthy of receiving the grant.

The ESCP research grant for 2018 was awarded to a submission led by Dr Katie MacLure of Robert Gordon University (RGU) Scotland, with co-applicants in Scotland, Greece and Ireland. The team aims to promote community pharmacy engagement with people experiencing homelessness through gaining a better understanding their health literacy. The grant review panel were particularly impressed by the originality of the work, the potential to impact pharmacy practice and patient care, and the strength of the research team.

Professor Derek Stewart, Chair of the Research Committee awarding the grant at the ESCP symposium at Belfast added, ‘ESCP is delighted to be in a position to award the ESCP Research Grant. This is a great opportunity for joint working across several European countries to provide evidence of clinical pharmacy activities and outcomes.’

Dr Katie MacLure received the award on behalf of the team at the ESCP symposium in Belfast. Dr MacLure added ‘This is a great opportunity, led by the RGU team to collaborate with friends and fellow ESCP members from Ireland and Greece. The RGU team have conducted several studies which focused on peoples’ experiences of homelessness including the impact on their adherence to medicines, their access to and engagement with healthcare services in Aberdeen. With homelessness endemic in our European cities, the ESCP Research Grant has the potential to help us understand whether and how community pharmacy engagement with people experiencing homelessness could be enhanced, based on their health literacy. It’s an exciting project and we look forward to getting started and reporting back to ESCP members this time next year.’


ESCP Research Grant 2016 winners publish their study

The ESCP research grant winners from 2016 have just published their study in PLos One1. This collaborative work, which involved researchers from the UK, Ireland and Malta, was a systematic review of the methodological approaches used to assess clinical outcomes of pharmacy-based management of minor ailments. 

The team extracted methodological data from 19 studies which evaluated clinical outcomes of pharmacy minor ailments management. The main finding was that the methodology quality of studies assessing clinical outcomes was generally poor. There were particular issues around the lack of evidence based clinical outcome measures, lack of consideration of the validation of data collection tools and study duration.

Dr Vibhu Paudyal, the principal investigator added, 'The findings suggest the need to develop a validated core outcome sets for use in evaluation of minor ailment services delivered in community pharmacies. Despite the expertise of pharmacists and their teams in the management of minor ailments, many individuals still elect to visit physicians and emergency care for treatment, which consumes vast resources. The findings of this systematic review will enable future research to place greater emphasis on appropriate and valid measures of clinical outcomes hence generating high quality evidence to inform services redesign.'

Professor Derek Stewart, chair of the ESCP Research Committee added, 'We are delighted to see this important study published. This is a great example of international collaboration leading to the submission of a high quality research grant leading to the conduct of an excellent piece of work. Hopefully, the team will continue their research in this field. The winners of the ESCP Research grant 2018 will be announced at the ESCP symposium in Belfast.'

The paper is available for open access and free download.

1Paudyal V, Cunningham S, Gibson Smith K, MacLure K, Ryan C, Cordina M (2018). Methodological considerations in clinical outcomes assessment of pharmacy-based minor ailments management: A systematic review. PLoS ONE 13 (10): e0205087.

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