Research and analysis

Community pharmacy’s contribution to public health: evidence base

A progress report from Task Group 3 of the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum.



One of the initial priorities for the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum set up in July 2011 was to evaluate and strengthen the evidence base for community pharmacy’s potential contribution to public health.

This report provides an update on progress made, particularly in relation to:

  • describing those aspects of delivering public health in a pharmacy setting that may be subject to research or evaluation
  • an appropriate high level scoping exercise of existing summaries or reviews of relevant evidence (including in the grey literature and including international experience)
  • advising the forum on potential gaps in the evidence base that would be amenable to research, with a view to informing research commissioning undertaken by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Published 16 January 2014