Randomised controlled trials to evaluate complex healthcare interventions - a case study

Wong, Ian Chi Kei and Campion, P. and Coulton, Simon and Cross, Ben and Edmonson, H. and Farrin, Amanda (2004) Randomised controlled trials to evaluate complex healthcare interventions - a case study. Pharmacy World & Science, 26 (5). pp. 247-252. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

In 2001 the UK National Health Service (NHS) issued its National Service Framework for the Elderly (NSF-E). This identified the elderly as a vulnerable group needing a high level of pharmaceutical intervention. As such, the NSF-E outlined plans to implement lsquomedicines managementrsquo and lsquopharmaceutical carersquo within community-based clinical pharmacy on behalf of older people. In response a group of researchers from Pharmacy, General Practice and Health Services Research set about designing a project to evaluate community-based pharmaceutical care for the elderly which would be funded under the Medical Research Councilrsquos (MRC) lsquoprimary carersquo initiative. This article describes the application of the MRCrsquos framework for complex interventions to a large randomised trial of pharmaceutical care and discusses the stages through which the research passed, from ideas, through planning, to implementation and modification after piloting. The authors also highlight difficulties encountered, e.g., issues of patient confidentiality, and how these problems were resolved. This description is intended to be of value to other pharmacy practice researchers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Medical Research Council - Methodology - Medicine management - MRC framework - Pharmaceutical care - Randomised clinical trials - United Kingdom
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2011 13:36
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2014 11:23
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/27966 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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