Associate Professor Neil Cottrell

Associate Professor

School of Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
n.cottrell@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 61977

Overview

Neil joined the School of Pharmacy in September 2001 as a senior lecturer. Prior to his appointment at the University, Neil was a hospital pharmacist with extensive experience managing clinical pharmacy services in teaching hospitals in England. He has experience on general medical, renal, geriatric, cardiac, endocrinology and intensive care wards and also held conjoint appointments with Aston and Manchester Universities. In 1998 Neil moved to Australia where he was appointed as the Assistant Director of Pharmacy at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and as an adjunct appointment as a clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of pharmacy.

Neil teaches cardiovascular disease therapeutics to 3rd year students and is the course coordinator for PHRM4012 Patient Centred Integrated Care, a capstone course for the 4th year students.

Neil has two major research themes within Quality use of Medicines in the School of Pharmacy.

Neil’s first research theme is on better understanding medication non-adherence with a particular focus on how patient’s beliefs and behaviour impact on this. He is interested in exploring how validated adherence scales can be utilised to better understand reasons for non-adherence to medicines in individuals to inform interventions tailored to an individual’s-specific reason for non-adherence. Current projects involve better understanding beliefs about medicines and illness and adherence in patients with a chronic disease and communication with patients and the impact on adherence.

Neil’s second research theme is on developing the evidence to support future roles for pharmacists in the healthcare setting in Australia. He is particularly interested in further developing the evidence for the pharmacist working in a collaborative model in a general practice setting in Australia.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), Portsmouth Poly
  • Master of Science, Aston University

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Suited to students with an interest in background interested in pharmacy practice, medication adherence, and biostatistics and statistical models.

    We know from previous research in our group that beliefs about medicines, illness and perceptions regarding who or what controls your health impacts on medication adherence. The purpose of this project is to investigate how beliefs might change in non-adherent compared to adherent patients in a range of different chronic conditions. The project will also investigate interaction effects between beliefs and if these are different in adherent and non-adherent patients and if influenced by the different chronic conditions.

  • Suited to students with a background in healthcare (pharmacy/ nursing/ medicine)

    Previous research in our group modelled beliefs about medicines, illness and perceptions regarding who or what controls your health in patients with asthma. The purpose of this project is to test the validity of the model in a population of patients with asthma. Specifically, the project will investigate if changing beliefs in individuals with asthma changes adherence as predicted by the model.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Suited to students with an interest in background interested in pharmacy practice, medication adherence, and biostatistics and statistical models.

    We know from previous research in our group that beliefs about medicines, illness and perceptions regarding who or what controls your health impacts on medication adherence. The purpose of this project is to investigate how beliefs might change in non-adherent compared to adherent patients in a range of different chronic conditions. The project will also investigate interaction effects between beliefs and if these are different in adherent and non-adherent patients and if influenced by the different chronic conditions.

  • Suited to students with a background in healthcare (pharmacy/ nursing/ medicine)

    Previous research in our group modelled beliefs about medicines, illness and perceptions regarding who or what controls your health in patients with asthma. The purpose of this project is to test the validity of the model in a population of patients with asthma. Specifically, the project will investigate if changing beliefs in individuals with asthma changes adherence as predicted by the model.