International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 692–696 | Cite as

Advancing the pharmacy practice research agenda: views and experiences of pharmacists in Qatar

  • Wessam Elkassem
  • Abdulrouf Pallivalapila
  • Moza Al Hail
  • Lorna McHattie
  • Lesley Diack
  • Derek StewartEmail author
Short Research Report


Background There is little emphasis on pharmacy practice research in Qatar, with a lack of relevant education and training and a notable lack of exposure to processes of research. Objective To describe views and attitudes of pharmacists in Qatar to pharmacy practice research prior to and following a 2 day introductory research workshop. Method All pharmacists (n = 350) were invited to express interest in attending. All participants were required to complete a questionnaire covering views and attitudes relating to research. Workshop sessions were on: research questions; critically appraising literature; developing research methods; collecting and analysing data; and disseminating findings. Participants completed a post-course evaluation questionnaire. Results Of the ninety expressing interest, 47 were selected and participated in the first training day, with 40 of these also attending the second day. Participants expressed positive views and attitudes towards research. Most (46/47) strongly agreed/agreed that it was their professional duty to be involved; all strongly agreed/agreed with importance of an evidence base to support practice; but there were issues around time, support and training. The research workshops were positively evaluated by participants. Conclusion Findings indicate pharmacists’ willingness to participate in research training in Qatar. However, there is a need to ensure that views and attitudes translate into research participation thus enhancing the evidence base.


Education and training Pharmacy practice research Pharmacist opinions Qatar 



We acknowledge the involvement of all research participants.


Funding was provided by Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wessam Elkassem
    • 1
  • Abdulrouf Pallivalapila
    • 1
  • Moza Al Hail
    • 1
  • Lorna McHattie
    • 2
  • Lesley Diack
    • 2
  • Derek Stewart
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Hamad Medical CorporationDohaQatar
  2. 2.School of Pharmacy and Life SciencesRobert Gordon UniversityAberdeenUK

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