Dr Karen Luetsch

Honorary Senior Lecturer

School of Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Overview

Karen Luetsch's research interests focus on pharmacy and health professional education, pharmacists' attitudes and behaviours in practice and realist research in these settings. In addition patient-centred and interprofessional communication and practice are some of her past and current research topics. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Karen completed her undergraduate pharmacy training and PhD in Germany before moving to Australia in 1995. Karen has a background in hospital pharmacy as specialist pharmacist and manager as well as in the design, management and delivery of educational initiatives to health professionals across all health care settings.

As a senior research fellow at the University of South Australia Karen is undertaking a realist review and evaluation of a major educational programme targeted at optimising the utilisation of bDMARDs in auto-immune diseases.

Research Interests

  • Pharmacy and health professional practice
    Interprofessional communication and collaboration, behaviour change, attitudes and practice change
  • Methodology
    Realist reviews / synthesis and evaluations
  • Educational research
    Practitioner development, postgraduate learning, e-learning

Research Impacts

The findings of a realist synthesis on medication reviews by pharmacists is influencing practice and policy.

Qualifications

  • Licence to Practice as a Pharmacist
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education, Flinders University
  • Doctor of Natural Sciences (Pharmacy), The University of Würzburg
  • Australian Pharmacy Examining Council

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This project will use realist approaches to reseraching why, for whom and under which circumstances EPAs advance pharmacy students' learning and practice development.

  • This research project will investigate how pharmacists access and utilise electronic patient records, e.g. the Myhealthrecord

  • This project will explore how clinicians make the transition to managers or leaders within health care.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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.

  • This project will use realist approaches to reseraching why, for whom and under which circumstances EPAs advance pharmacy students' learning and practice development.

  • This research project will investigate how pharmacists access and utilise electronic patient records, e.g. the Myhealthrecord

  • This project will explore how clinicians make the transition to managers or leaders within health care.