Improvement of knowledge and practice behaviour among providers in pharmacies is needed. “
“It is with great pleasure that I introduce this SP600125 solubility dmso supplemental issue of the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. In this supplement you will find abstracts of the pharmacy practice research papers and posters presented at the 2012 Royal Pharmaceutical Society Conference, held at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. The theme of this year’s conference is “Enhancing patient care through innovation”. In common with previous years, this supplement
has been prepared in advance of the conference, to allow participants in the practice research sessions to read the abstracts prior to the sessions. One hundred and sixty seven abstracts were submitted for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Conference 2012, and this year the Society’s Pharmacy Practice Research Panel accepted 106 for poster or oral presentation at the Conference. Please note that although the abstracts have already been examined by the Panel, they have not passed through the peer review process applied by the IJPP to all other contributions. The journal cannot therefore guarantee that they meet its usual stringent requirements. The abstracts have, however, been subjected to a full
editing process and, as far as possible, put into the normal IJPP editorial style. Authors were asked to limit the length of their contribution to allow each abstract to fit on to a single
page of this supplement. While most abstracts are classified as “Practice research”, authors can submit abstracts this website which describe “Quality Service Improvement”. Many of the abstracts contained in the supplement fall into this category. Spread over the two days of the conference there are six separate practice research sessions for oral presentation of accepted papers. These 30 abstracts are listed in this supplement in the order in which they appear in the programme. The remaining 76 abstracts RVX-208 are those presented as posters, beginning with “Practice research” posters (pages 36–106), followed by “Quality Service Improvement” posters (pages 36–106). This year’s prestigious Pharmacy Practice Research Award (sponsored by The Pharmacy Practice Research Trust) has been awarded to Dr Catriona Matheson, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. Her keynote lecture, entitled “Drug Misuse Treatment and Services: Pharmacy and Beyond”, will recognise how pharmacy as a profession has taken on this very difficult client group where other health professionals have been reluctant. I have witnessed, through my research, how community pharmacy has embraced this patient group and is now providing effective services that help drug users engage with treatment and as a consequence reduce the associated harm.