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The University of Southampton
Fundamental Care and Safety

Medicines Optimisation

Our research focuses on promoting safe and effective use of medicines. Major research led by Professor Sue Latter has evaluated non-medical prescribing and has significantly influenced national and international policy.

Medicines Optimisation Theme
Medicines Optimisation

Our research findings were pivotal in persuading the Government to reform prescribing legislation, empowering healthcare professionals to prescribe medicines independently. In addition to research into nurse and pharmacist prescribing, we are also evaluating patient-centred interventions to optimise medicines use in long term conditions, as well as studies developing and evaluating interventions for pain medicines optimisation for patients nearing the end of their life (Cancer Carers Medicines Management and SMARTE study). A further focus of our research is on understanding and promoting safe and effective prescribing of antimicrobials in hospital, primary care and community settings in order to reduce the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

External Collaborators

University of Leeds, Cardiff University, University of Bradford, Asthma UK, Southampton University Hospitals Trust, University of Montreal, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.


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