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Pharmacy staff profile

Dr Alesha Smith

PositionSenior Lecturer
QualificationsMSc(Otago) PhD(Qld)
Research summaryClinical pharmacy

Research

My research focuses on quality use of medicines. I am particularly interested in pharmacoepidemiological studies which investigate the use of medicines over time and between populations and jurisdictions. With the introduction of pharmacist prescribing and the potential expansion of nurse prescribing, I am interested in evaluating non-medical prescribing in NZ.

Publications

Fountain, J. S., Reith, D. M., Tomlin, A. M., Smith, A. J., & Tilyard, M. W. (2019). Deaths by poisoning in New Zealand, 2008-2013. Clinical Toxicology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15563650.2019.1582777

Richards, N., Reith, D., Stitely, M., & Smith, A. (2019). The Before School Check (B4SC): Reporting outcomes and referral rates for all New Zealand children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1496), 9-19. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Fieldwick, D., Smith, A., & Paterson, H. (2019). General practitioners and gestational weight management. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1530739

Simpson, B. H., Reith, D. M., Medlicott, N. J., & Smith, A. J. (2019). Exposure response supports therapeutic drug monitoring for dabigatran etexilate in patients with atrial fibrillation. TH Open, 3(3), e210-e215. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1693486

Richards, N., Reith, D., Stitely, M., & Smith, A. (2019). Developmental outcomes at age four following maternal antiepileptic drug use. Epilepsy & Behavior, 93, 73-79. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2019.01.018

Journal - Research Article

Fountain, J. S., Reith, D. M., Tomlin, A. M., Smith, A. J., & Tilyard, M. W. (2019). Deaths by poisoning in New Zealand, 2008-2013. Clinical Toxicology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15563650.2019.1582777

Richards, N., Reith, D., Stitely, M., & Smith, A. (2019). Developmental outcomes at age four following maternal antiepileptic drug use. Epilepsy & Behavior, 93, 73-79. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2019.01.018

Simpson, B. H., Reith, D. M., Medlicott, N. J., & Smith, A. J. (2019). Exposure response supports therapeutic drug monitoring for dabigatran etexilate in patients with atrial fibrillation. TH Open, 3(3), e210-e215. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-1693486

Fieldwick, D., Smith, A., & Paterson, H. (2019). General practitioners and gestational weight management. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1530739

Richards, N., Reith, D., Stitely, M., & Smith, A. (2019). The Before School Check (B4SC): Reporting outcomes and referral rates for all New Zealand children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1496), 9-19. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Simpson, B. H., Reith, D. M., Medlicott, N. J., & Smith, A. J. (2018). Choice of renal function estimator influences adverse outcomes with dabigatran etexilate in patients with atrial fibrillation. TH Open, 2(04), e420-e427. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1676356. ISSN 2512-9465

Richards, N., Reith, D., Stitely, M., & Smith, A. (2018). Antiepileptic drug exposure in pregnancy and pregnancy outcome from national drug usage data. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 18(1), 84. doi: 10.1186/s12884-018-1728-y

Young, A., Tordoff, J., Leitch, S., & Smith, A. (2018). Patient-focused medicines information: General practitioners’ and pharmacists’ views on websites and leaflets. Health Education Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0017896918811373

Simpson, B. H., Reith, D., Medlicott, N. J., & Smith, A. (2018). Deprivation and inequalities lead to worse outcomes with dabigatran etexilate. Journal of Primary Health Care. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1071/HC17081

Young, A., Tordoff, J., Leitch, S., & Smith, A. (2018). Do health professionals tell patients what they want to know about their medicines? Health Education Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0017896918763679

Smith, A. J., Scahill, S. L., Harrison, J., Carroll, T., & Medlicott, N. J. (2018). Service provision in the wake of a new funding model for community pharmacy. BMC Health Services Research, 18, 307. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3120-z

Richards, N., Reith, D., Stitely, M., & Smith, A. (2018). Are doses of lamotrigine or levetiracetam adjusted during pregnancy? Epilepsia Open, 3(1), 86-90. doi: 10.1002/epi4.12086

Young, A., Tordoff, J., Leitch, S., & Smith, A. (2018). Doctors and pharmacists provision and opinions of medicines information leaflets in New Zealand. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11096-018-0635-7

Young, A., Tordoff, J., & Smith, A. (2018). Regulatory agencies' recommendations for medicine information leaflets: Are they in line with research findings? Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 14(2), 196-202. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.02.014

Tomlin, A. M., Reith, D. M., Woods, D. J., Lloyd, H. S., Smith, A., Fountain, J. S., & Tilyard, M. W. (2017). A pharmacoepidemiology database system for monitoring risk due to the use of medicines by New Zealand primary care patients. Drug Safety, 40(12), 1259-1277. doi: 10.1007/s40264-017-0579-1

Mulvogue, K., Roberts, J. A., Coombes, I., Cottrell, N., Kanagarajah, S., & Smith, A. (2017). The effect of pharmacists on ward rounds measured by the STOPP/START tool in a specialized geriatric unit. Journal of Clinical Pharmacy & Therapeutics, 42(2), 178-184. doi: 10.1111/jcpt.12489

Young, A., Tordoff, J., & Smith, A. (2017). 'What do patients want?': Tailoring medicines information to meet patients' needs. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 13(6), 1186-1190. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2016.10.006

Fieldwick, D., Smith, A., & Paterson, H. (2017). General practitioners and preconception weight management in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 57(4), 420-425. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12609

Williamson, D. A., Roos, R., Verrall, A., Smith, A., & Thomas, M. G. (2016). Trends, demographics and disparities in outpatient antibiotic consumption in New Zealand: A national study. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 71(12), 3593-3598. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkw345

Noor, Z. M., Smith, A. J., Smith, S. S., & Nissen, L. M. (2016). A feasibility study: Use of actigraph to monitor and follow-up sleep/wake patterns in individuals attending community pharmacy with sleeping disorders. Journal of Pharmacy & BioAllied Sciences, 8, 173-180. doi: 10.4103/0975-7406.171739

Tinelli, M., Blenkinsopp, A., Latter, S., Smith, A., & Chapman, S. R. (2015). Survey of patients' experiences and perceptions of care provided by nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers in primary care. Health Expectations, 18(5), 1241-1255. doi: 10.1111/hex.12099

Hubbard, R. E., Peel, N. M., Scott, I. A., Martin, J. H., Smith, A., Pillans, P. I., … Gray, L. C. (2015). Polypharmacy among inpatients aged 70 years or older in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(7), 373-378. doi: 10.5694/mja13.00172

Gerard, K., Martinelli, M., Latter, S., Smith, A., & Blenkinsopp, A. (2015). Patients' valuation of the prescribing nurse in primary care: A discrete choice experiment. Health Expectations, 18(6), 2223-2235. doi: 10.1111/hex.12193

Smith, A., Latter, S., & Blenkinsopp, A. (2014). Safety and quality of nurse independent prescribing: A national study of experiences of education, continuing professional development clinical governance. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(11), 2506-2517. doi: 10.1111/jan.12392

Niyomnaitham, S., Page, A., La Caze, A., Whitfield, K., & Smith, A. J. (2014). Utilisation trends of rosiglitazone and pioglitazone in Australia before and after safety warnings. BMC Health Services Research, 14(1), 151. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-151

Noor, Z. M., Smith, A. J., Smith, S. S., & Nissen, L. M. (2014). A study protocol: A community pharmacy-based intervention for improving the management of sleep disorders in the community settings. BMC Health Services Research, 14, 74. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-74

Gerard, K., Tinelli, M., Latter, S., Blenkinsopp, A., & Smith, A. (2012). Valuing the extended role of prescribing pharmacist in general practice: Results from a discrete choice experiment. Value in Health, 15(5), 699-707. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2012.02.006

Latter, S., Smith, A., Blenkinsopp, A., Nicholls, P., Little, P., & Chapman, S. (2012). Are nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers clinically appropriate prescribing decisions? An analysis of consultations. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 17(3), 149-156. doi: 10.1258/jhsrp.2012.011090

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Journal - Research Other

Raghunandan, R., Tordoff, J., & Smith, A. (2017). Non-medical prescribing in New Zealand: An overview of prescribing rights, service delivery models and training. Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety, 8(11), 349-360. doi: 10.1177/2042098617723312

Young, A., Tordoff, J., Dovey, S., Reith, D., Lloyd, H., Tilyard, M., & Smith, A. (2016). Using an electronic decision support tool to reduce inappropriate polypharmacy and optimize medicines: rationale and methods. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(2), e105. doi: 10.2196/resprot.5543

Williamson, D. A., Ritchie, S. R., Best, E., Upton, A., Leversha, A., Smith, A., & Thomas, M. G. (2015). A bug in the ointment: Topical antimicrobial usage and resistance in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1426). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Thomas, M. G., Smith, A. J., & Tilyard, M. (2014). Rising antimicrobial resistance: A strong reason to reduce excessive antimicrobial consumption in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1394). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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