The goal of my research is to advance pharmacy practice by enhancing pharmacy operations and facilitating adoption of patient care services. My primary research interests can be categorized into three areas: (a) effect of organizational and social factors on innovation adoption, sustainability, and abandonment of pharmacy-based patient-care services, (b) pharmacists’ roles in public health and primary care, and (c) program evaluation in health services.
Most of my research has been in the area of pharmacy-based immunization services ranging from adoption to sustainability to abandonment of immunization services. Currently, my studies focus on specific immunization services including Herpes Zoster, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), and pneumococcal vaccines in community pharmacies. In addition, since 2013, I have partnered with Alabama Department of Senior Services to implement a Medicare outreach program and the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network.
My research program applies various organizational theories and management principles with the goal to optimize organizational performance through innovation adoption and evaluation of various types of pharmacy-based innovations including immunization, naloxone dispensing, biometric screening and medication therapy management services. While much of my research experience is related to pharmacy-based immunization services, concepts related to adoption and implementation of innovations are transferrable and applicable to other organizations and other innovations.
My research programs can be classified into two areas: access to care among older adults and innovation adoption.