Research study: GP views on evolving changes to dispensing and remote pharmacy services

Thu 17th August 2017


A research team from Sunderland University are looking for GPs from the North of England to take part in one of 4 research focus groups during September/October.   Research study: GP views on evolving changes to dispensing and remote pharmacy services

Technological advances and the growth in the availability of remote or online pharmacy services have meant that a range of alternative approaches to dispensing are being promoted in the UK. There is, however, currently little research evidence on the potential issues associated with such changes facing GPs, who are key stakeholders within these processes.

This research study aims to: a) understand the range of views and opinions of GPs on recent and proposed changes to dispensing and remote or internet based pharmacy services and b) explore the potential impact on patients, GP practice and collaboration with pharmacists.

Why is this important?

By focusing on the views and opinions of GPs, the findings from this study will help to improve understanding of key considerations and provide timely evidence that may help to inform future policy development and implementation strategies in this area.

What is involved?

Groups will last up to a maximum of one hour each and will involve talking to other GPs and sharing views and experiences of how changes in dispensing and other remote pharmacy services can affect patients and GP practices.

Where possible, focus group times and locations will be arranged around participant availability. The following pre-arranged sessions are also available at the University of Sunderland, City Campus.

Evening Groups (University of Sunderland)     

Wednesday 13th September  5.30-6.30pm

Thursday 21st September    5.30-6.30pm

Lunch time Groups (University of Sunderland)

 Thursday 14th September 12.00-1.00pm

 Friday 22nd September  12.00- 1.00pm

There is no financial remuneration available, but all out of pocket expenses will be covered.  Refreshments will be available.

To register your interest and for further information, please contact:

Dr Nicky Hall,  PSNC Research Fellow, University of Sunderland 

 Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing, Pasteur Building Room 150, City Campus,

Chester Road, Sunderland, SR1 3SD (0191) 515 3261

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