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Carmel Hughes PhD is a pharmacist by training and Professor in Primary Care Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy. Her research interests focus the quality of drug use in older people particularly in long-term care setting and primary care, using a variety of study designs. She has published extensively on these topics and has led programmes of research in intervention studies in nursing homes for older people. Prof. Hughes was the first pharmacist to have been awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy by the Commonwealth Fund of New York City. She spent her fellowship year at the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, Brown University where she collaborated with Profs. Kate Lapane and Vince Mor on pharmacoepidemiological studies in nursing homes.She was awarded the British Pharmaceutical Conference Medal for her research in September 2001.  She is the only pharmacist to have been awarded a National Primary Care Career Scientist Award from the Research and Development Division of the Department of Health in London. She has been a Cochrane Fellow, Editor for the EPOC group in the Cochrane Collaboration and was formerly the Joint Clinical Lead for the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network.  She is an Associate Editor for Pilot and Feasibility Studies.  She is a member of the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Commissioned Prioritisation Committee and a member of Sub-Panel 3 for REF 2020.

Research Statement

Prof. Hughes's research interests lie in care of older people. She has undertaken a range of studies in primary and long-term care, ranging from observational epidemiology to cluster randomised controlled trials, and qualitative exploratory studies. Emphasis has been on elucidating factors which may influence prescribing in settings, notably long-term care, such as structural characteristics, pharmacist interventions and more recently, treatment culture. She has also undertaken studies on MRSA prevalance in nursing homes, an infection control education intervention study in nursing homes and led the N. Ireland contribution to the European Surveillance on Antimicrobial Consumption Point Prevalence studies in nursing homes, part of a 22 EU country project. She has contributed to a number of Cochrane systematic reviews. She has a particular interest in interventions studies and the development of interventions using a systematic approach.  This has informed a number of ongoing studies on medicines optimisation for people with dementia, and the prescribing of appropriate polypharmacy in primary care. Prof. Hughes's research has been funded from a range of sources including goverment, charities and the EU.

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Projects 2008 2017

Research Output 1993 2019

Open Access
Medication Adherence
Primary Health Care

A systematic review of pharmacist-led medicines review services in New Zealand – is there equity for Māori older adults?

Hikaka, J., Hughes, C., Jones, R., Connolly, M. J. & Martini, N., 14 Jan 2019, In : Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

New Zealand
Observational Studies
Open Access
Vision Disorders
Pharmaceutical Services

Development of a theory-based intervention to improve medicines management for people with dementia in primary care

Barry, H. E., Bedford, L., McGrattan, M., Ryan, C., Passmore, A. P., Robinson, A. L., Molloy, G. J., Darcy, C. M., Buchanan, H. & Hughes, C. M., Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. 41, 1, p. 290 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

Evidence of a care home effect on antibiotic prescribing for those that transition into a care home: a national data linkage study

Patterson, L., Maguire, A., Cardwell, C., Kee, F., Hughes, C., Geoghegan, L., Doherty, L., Dolan, M., Verlander, N. & O'Reilly, D., 08 Apr 2019, In : Epidemiology and Infection. 147, 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Information Storage and Retrieval
Home Care Services
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Independent Living

Activities 2002 2020

  • 10 Membership of peer review panel or committee
  • 3 Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
  • 1 Membership of external research organisation
  • 1 Membership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

Research Excellence Framework (REF) (External organisation)

Carmel Hughes (Advisor)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

European Society for Clinical Pharmacy (External organisation)

Carmel Hughes (Advisor)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (External organisation)

Carmel Hughes (Advisor)
12 Sep 201613 Sep 2016

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

National Institute for Health Research (External organisation)

Carmel Hughes (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

National Institute for Health Research (External organisation)

Carmel Hughes (Advisor)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee


Improving medication adherence in older adults prescribed polypharmacy

Author: Patton, D., 17 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Hughes, C. (Supervisor) & Ryan, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Pain in people with dementia: an exploration of prevalence, prescribing and attitudes

Author: Barry, H. E., Dec 2012

Supervisor: Hughes, C. (Supervisor), Passmore, A. (Supervisor) & Parsons, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy