An introduction to how realist research can inform pharmacy practice and policy

Twigg, M. J, ORCID:, Luetsch, K., Maidment, I. and Rowett, D. (2022) An introduction to how realist research can inform pharmacy practice and policy. In: Contemporary Research Methods in Pharmacy and Health Services. Elsevier, pp. 271-282. ISBN 9780323918886

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Theory-driven implementation and evaluation of pharmacy services can enhance their contribution to overall healthcare. Most pharmacy practice programs and services will be adopted and modified during their implementation into various healthcare contexts and systems. Realist approaches to theory-driven evaluation consider these variations in programs, interventions and the contexts of their implementation and establish theories on how they work best, for whom and why. This chapter illustrates the practical application of the realist philosophy of science to pharmacy practice and health services research. Two case studies, a realist synthesis of existing literature on medication reviews and a realist review and evaluation related to medicines management, illustrate the practical application of the realist logic of analysis. Causative explanations generated by this approach enable policy makers in their decision-making and pharmacy practice researchers and practitioners to optimize service design.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: contexts,generative causation,mechanisms,middle range theory,outcomes,program theory,scientific realism,medicine(all),pharmacology, toxicology and pharmaceutics(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Norwich Institute for Healthy Aging
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Patient Care
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 12:13
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 01:28
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-323-91888-6.00041-7

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