Margaret Watson

Professor of Health Services Research, Prof

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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.




Research interests

Evidence based practice

Medicines Optimisation

Evidence synthesis

Quality healthcare

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 1997 2018

A mixed-methods evaluation of community pharmacy referral scheme to a commercial pharmacy weight management programme

Inch, J., Avenell, A., Aucott, L. & Watson, M., 1 Aug 2018, In : Public Health Nutrition. 21, 12, p. 2311-2319 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Referral and Consultation
Weights and Measures
Pharmaceutical Services
2 Citations

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., 1 Oct 2018, In : International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 26, 5, p. 380-386

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

A simulated patient study assessing over the counter supply and counseling in Jordan: responding to headache complaints

Hammad, E. A., Elayeh, E., Tubeileh, R., Watson, M. & Wazaify, M., 2 Jul 2018, In : International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Comparative, cross-sectional study of the format, content and timing of medication safety letters issued in Canada, the USA and the UK

Bjerre, L. M., Parlow, S., De Launay, D., Hogel, M., Black, C. D., Mattison, D. R., Grimshaw, J. M. & Watson, M. C., Oct 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 10, e020150.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

"Has she seen me?": A multiple methods study of the pharmaceutical care needs of older people with sensory impairment in Scotland

Alhusein, N., McAden, L., Stoddart, K., Taylor, A., Killick, K., Kroll, T. & Watson, M., 6 Aug 2018, In : BMJ Open. 8, 8, p. 1 - 8 8 p., e023198.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pharmaceutical Services
Vision Disorders
Hearing Loss