Position: Clinical Research Fellow
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Karen qualified as a pharmacist in 2009, having obtained a Masters in Pharmacy from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), and since then she has worked in the community pharmacy setting. Having qualified as an Independent Pharmacist Prescriber in 2013, a Postgraduate Certificate awarded by the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning & Development in collaboration with QUB, Karen has also undertaken work within general practice. In 2014, Karen returned to the School of Pharmacy (QUB) to complete her PhD.
Karen’s research is focused on a range of issues pertaining to the use of medicines in older people. This includes multimorbidity, polypharmacy, potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) and the assessment of health-related outcomes. She has collaborated with a group of researchers from the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland, to complete analyses on an on-going longitudinal study of aging entitled Life and Living in Advanced Age: A Cohort Study in New Zealand (LiLACS NZ). Karen is particularly interested in advancing the role of pharmacists in primary care. Subsequently, she is currently working on a pilot study to develop and test an intervention involving general practice pharmacists (GPPs), working with GPs, to optimise prescribing in Irish general practice settings.