Sarah Pontefract



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I am an academic pharmacist with an interest in medication errors, medicines optimisation and the use of electronic health records.  For my Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD), I am investigating the impact of electronic prescribing systems on pharmacist-physician communication in the hospital setting.  This mixed-methods research has developed my skills in conducting systematic reviews, quantitative analysis of large datasets, and qualitative analysis of focus group and observational research data.

Over the past four years, I have been involved with a large NIHR programme grant investigating the adoption and implementation of electronic prescribing systems in English Hospitals.  I have conducted research on high-risk prescribing errors amenable to clinical decision support, and developed the iMPACT tool to facilitate the collection of prescribing errors in NHS hospitals.

I co-supervise research projects for Biomedical Science, Pharmacy and medical students relating to medication safety.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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