Research offers an opportunity for investigators to explore unanswered questions, highlight best practices, and engage in collaboration. Clinical research can engage health care professionals to identify treatments or procedures to enhance patient care, quality of life, and outcomes. Research may also include experiences in a unique practice site or teaching methodology of trainees, staff, or patients.
Ultimately, the goal of research is to improve individual patient care via dissemination of knowledge through publications. Publications can range from abstracts and oral presentations to articles that highlight best practices and areas for improvement.
Although research is recognized as an important function of a clinical pharmacist, according to a survey performed by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Research Affairs Committee, only 46.7% of respondents had at least one published original research article.1,2 Clinical pharmacists in research-intensive or academic positions reported more publications and grant awards than practitioners in the clinical setting.