Pharmacists are medication experts found in many settings, including hospitals, doctors' offices, outpatient clinics, and community pharmacies. For some faculty members, their research laboratories are these types of pharmacy practice settings; they study how the practice of pharmacy can improve care for patients and groups of patients, and how it can make health care systems better.
Pharmacy practice research leads to more, badly-needed roles for pharmacists. It also leads to new services for patients related to medications. Researchers' work in this area leads to improved patient-centered, team-based care delivery across a variety of settings.

Researchers in This Area

  • Design and develop new pharmacy services and interventions
  • Assess whether pharmacists’ interventions are effective
  • Implement innovations and new services across pharmacy settings
  • Assess health policy to ensure pharmacists can best serve patients
  • Study how patients can use medications more safely
  • Investigate pharmacists’ roles on patients’ healthcare teams

Researchers in Action

  • Jim Hoehns studied how well promising treatments for COVID-19 worked for groups of people.
  • Brett Faine, an emergency room pharmacist, was part of a group studying how to reduce the risk of front-line workers contracting COVID-19.
  • Korey Kennelty received a grant to see whether removing high-risk medications from older adults' regimens leads to them falling less.
  • Michael Ernst was the only pharmacist on an international research study (ongoing in another form) that concluded low-dose aspirin may do more harm than good in healthy older adults.

Pharmacy Practice Researchers

William Doucette

Identifying Best Practices for Pharmacies


William Doucette
Deborah K. Veale Professor in Healthcare Policy

Erika Ernst

Slowing Down Drug-Resistant Superbugs


Erika Ernst
Associate Professor

Michael Ernst

Promoting Safe and Effective Medication Use


Mike Ernst
Clinical Professor 

Jim Hoehns

Helping Ease COVID-19-Related Breathing Troubles


Jim Hoehns
Clinical Associate Professor

Gary Milavetz

Preventing Unwanted Reactions to Medications


Gary Milavetz
Professor and Executive Associate Dean