Margaret Watson

Prof, Professor of Health Services Research

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Accepting PhD Students

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Research interests


The overall purpose of my research is to optimise patient outcome through:

  • the safe and effective use of medicines.
  • effective professional practice.

My research is collaborative and multi-disciplinary and draws on different theoretical approaches and methodologies.  The methods which I use include: systematic literature reviews to synthesise existing evidence; qualitative methods that are theoretically-underpinned, to explore the behaviour of service users (patients/consumers) or providers (pharmacists, pharmacy personnel, other health care professionals) to identify key determinants of specific behaviours; and quantitative methods (randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, questionnaires) to develop and test the effect of interventions to achieve behaviour change i.e. evidence based practice, quality improvement in health service delivery and patient outcomes.  

Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowship

This senior post-doctoral fellowship includes a unique leadership development programme. The research component will enable me to maximise the contribution that community pharmacy can make to health care service delivery and patient benefit, including greater patient empowerment to engage in the self-management of their health, with anticipated improved health outcomes and greater quality of life.

Triads-P (Translational Research in a Pharmacy setting)

Since 2013, I have been the lead for the pharmacy component of a translational research programme (TRiaDS) funded by NHS Education for Scotland. 

The MINA (Minor Ailment) Study

The purpose of this two-year programme funded by Pharmacy Research UK was to explore the contribution which community pharmacy could make to the management of minor ailments and the impact this could have on demand in high cost health care settings e.g. general medical practices, emergency departments (EDs).  The results have been widely disseminated and informed national policy for out-of-hours care in Scotland.




Willing to supervise PhD

Other responsibilities

NIHR, Research for Patient Benefit (South West)

West of England Medicines Optimisation Steering Group

Research lead: TRiadS in Pharmacy

Member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice

External Assessor: University of Malaya

University of Bath responsibilities:

Lead for Health and Clinical Research Theme (Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology)

Member of Departmental Higher Degrees Committee

Member of Departmental Public Engagement Committee

Member of the cross-university Health Interest Group

Member of Departmental Research Committee


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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 2002 2018

A mixed-methods evaluation of a community pharmacy signposting service to a commercial weight-loss provider

Inch, J., Avenell, A., Aucott, L. & Watson, M. 2 Mar 2018 In : Public Health Nutrition.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

A scoping review of the pharmaceutical care needs of people with sensory impairment

Killick, K., McAden, L., Smith, A., Kroll, T., Stoddart, K. & Watson, M. 29 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Public risk perception of non-prescription medicines and information disclosure during consultations: a suitable target for intervention?

Fielding, S., Slovic, P., Johnston, M., Lee, A. J., Bond, C. M. & Watson, M. 10 Jan 2018 In : International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 12433

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Public risks
Risk perception
Referral and Consultation
Factor analysis
Patient Participation

Barriers and facilitators for information exchange in over the counter consultations in community pharmacy: a focus group study.

Seubert, L., Whitelaw, K., Boeni, F., Hattingh, L., Watson, M. & Clifford, R. 6 Dec 2017 In : Pharmacy. 5, 65, p. 1 - 12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Focus Groups
Referral and Consultation