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James Desborough

Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice


His research explores medication adherence – how to support patients in sticking to their regular treatment and drug-taking routines.







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James Desborough is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy at UEA. His research explores medication adherence – how to support patients in sticking to their regular treatment and drug-taking routines. He has particularly been looking at medicines in care homes, where there are a range of roles looking at the patient’s medication needs, where errors may occur, staff turnover is high, and where the patient may be more inclined to forget or avoid their medication.

James is a qualified pharmacist and has managed a community pharmacy. He also helps pharmacists to be more effective in communicating with patients and has a YouTube channel called Consultations 4 Health on this issue. He is a Member of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association and of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. He is also a referee for International Journal of Pharmacy Practice and for Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

Areas of Expertise

Medication AdherenceChemical SciencesClinical PharmacyPharmacyTherapeutics


University of East Anglia

Ph.D., Health Services Research


University of Bradford

M.Pharm., Pharmacy



“Everyone needs to understand each other’s systems”: Stakeholder views on the acceptability and viability of a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber role in care homes for older people in the UK | Health & Social Care in the Community


The role of an innovative Pharmacist Independent Prescriber (PIP) for care homes to optimise medications has not been examined. We explored stakeholders’ views on issues and barriers that the PIP might address to inform a service specification for the PIP intervention in older people's care homes.

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COVID-19 pandemic challenges and lessons learned by pharmacy educators around the globe | American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education


The coronavirus identified in 2019 (COVID-19) has affected peoples’ lives worldwide. This pandemic forced both pharmacy faculty members and students to adapt to a new teaching and learning environment not only in the United States but around the globe. Pharmacy educators faced challenges and opportunities to convert classroom learning and experiences, as well as student assessments, to a remote or online format.

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Clinical and cost effectiveness of a multi-professional medication reviews in care homes (CAREMED) | International Journal of Pharmacy Practice


With 70% of care home residents experiencing a medication error every day in the UK, better multi‐professional working between medical practitioners, pharmacists and care homes was recommended. The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness (falls reduction) and cost‐effectiveness, of a multi‐professional medication review (MPMR) service in care homes for older people.

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Systematic review and narrative synthesis of pharmacist provided medicines optimisation services in care homes for older people to inform the development of a generic training or accreditation process | International Journal of Pharmacy Practice


To develop a training programme to enable pharmacists with prescribing rights to assume responsibility for the provision of pharmaceutical care within care homes, a systematic review and narrative synthesis was undertaken to identify reported approaches to training pharmacists and use this literature to identify potential knowledge requirements.

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Exploring what patients think when answering the Interpersonal Skills Questionnaire (ISQ): A ‘think aloud’ study | Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy


The Interpersonal Skills Questionnaire (ISQ) was developed to collect patient feedback on consultation skills of practitioners. However, it has not yet been evaluated with pharmacists.

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