Getting Started in Clinical Pharmacy Research
Albert Wertheimer and Qian Ding*
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ferris State University, College of Pharmacy, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Qian Ding
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Ferris State University, College of Pharmacy
220 Ferris Drive, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: July 10, 2016; Accepted date: August 04, 2016; Published date: August 10, 2016
Citation: Wertheimer A, Ding Q (2016) Getting Started in Clinical Pharmacy Research. J Pharmacovigil 4:218. doi: 10.4172/2329-6887.1000218
Copyright: © 2016 Wertheimer A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
As a profound increase of health care expenditure and demand of chronic diseases management in the United States, the purpose of this review is to provide clinicians fundamental theory of how to conduct a scientific research in the health settings. Given different patients with a variety of disease status in the real world, randomized control trial (RCT) may not satisfy all the research questions. Therefore, evidence based outcomes research has been widely used for treatment guidance, reimbursement purposes and marketing strategy. An increasing use of evidence-based outcomes research raises awareness of the potential for choosing an appropriate research method in their clinical settings. This article summarizes the existing research methods and identifies the implications for practice in real world settings. After learning the pros and cons of each study design and the method of data collection in evidence based research, the clinicians are able to choose an appropriate method for their outcome measurement purposes. This article leads the clinicians step by step from propose a research question to conduct an observational study, and finally to disseminate the findings and publications. Therefore, effectively translate a normal question into a measurable research question may lead them to successfully conduct a scientific research. After learning the pros and cons of each study design and the method of data collection, the clinicians are able to choose an appropriate method for their outcome measurement purposes.