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Pharmacy staff profile

Associate Professor Alesha Smith

PositionAssociate Professor and Associate Dean (Postgraduate), School of Pharmacy
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

Cousins, K., Norris, P., Horsburgh, S., Smith, A., Keown, S., Samaranayaka, A., Marra, C., & Churchward, M. (2021). Impact of removing prescription charges on health outcomes: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 11, e049261. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049261

Norris, P., Cousins, K., Churchward, M., Keown, S., Hudson, M., Isno, L., Pereira, L., Klavs, J., Tang, L. L., Roberti, H., & Smith, A. (2021). Recruiting people facing social disadvantage: The experience of the Free Meds study. International Journal for Equity in Health, 20(1), 149. doi: 10.1186/s12939-021-01483-6

Raghunandan, R., Howard, K., Marra, C. A., Tordoff, J., & Smith, A. (2021). Identifying New Zealand public preferences for pharmacist prescribers in primary care: A discrete choice experiment. Patient. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40271-021-00529-9

Leitch, S., Zeng, J., Smith, A., & Stokes, T. (2021). Medication risk management and health equity in New Zealand general practice: A retrospective cross-sectional study. International Journal for Equity in Health, 20, 119. doi: 10.1186/s12939-021-01461-y

Raghunandan, R., Marra, C. A., Tordoff, J., & Smith, A. (2021). Examining non-medical prescribing trends in New Zealand: 2016-2020. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), 418. doi: 10.1186/s12913-021-06435-y

Leitch, S., Dovey, S., Cunningham, W., Smith, A., Zeng, J., Reith, D., … Williamson, M., & Lillis, S. (2021). Medication-related harm in New Zealand general practice: A retrospective records review. British Journal of General Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3399/bjgp.2020.1126

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Leitch, S., Smith, A., Crengle, S., & Stokes, T. (2021). The views of New Zealand general practitioners and patients on a proposed risk assessment and communication tool: A qualitative study using Normalisation Process Theory. Implementation Science Communications, 2, 16. doi: 10.1186/s43058-021-00120-1

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Leitch, S., Zeng, J., Smith, A., & Stokes, T. (2021). Medication risk management and health equity in New Zealand general practice: A retrospective cross-sectional study. International Journal for Equity in Health, 20, 119. doi: 10.1186/s12939-021-01461-y

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Nair, S., Chen, S., Gupta, D., Smith, A. J., & McGregor, A. L. (2021). Higher BMI confers a long-term functional status advantage in elderly New Zealand European stroke patients. Journal of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases, 30(5), 105711. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2021.105711

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Nind, J., Smith, A., Devananda, M., & Auvray, B. (2021). A whole of population retrospective observational study on the rates of polypharmacy in New Zealand 2014 to 2018 Polypharmacy in New Zealand: What is the current status? Health Science Reports, 4, e263. doi: 10.1002/hsr2.263

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Norris, P., Cousins, K., Churchward, M., Keown, S., Hudson, M., Isno, L., Pereira, L., Klavs, J., Tang, L. L., Roberti, H., & Smith, A. (2021). Recruiting people facing social disadvantage: The experience of the Free Meds study. International Journal for Equity in Health, 20(1), 149. doi: 10.1186/s12939-021-01483-6

Journal - Research Article

Raghunandan, R., Howard, K., Marra, C. A., Tordoff, J., & Smith, A. (2021). Identifying New Zealand public preferences for pharmacist prescribers in primary care: A discrete choice experiment. Patient. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40271-021-00529-9

Journal - Research Article

Raghunandan, R., Marra, C. A., Tordoff, J., & Smith, A. (2021). Examining non-medical prescribing trends in New Zealand: 2016-2020. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), 418. doi: 10.1186/s12913-021-06435-y

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Hussain, F. N., Smith, A., & Wilby, K. J. (2020). The visibility of disabilities within pharmacy program recruitment material. INNOVATIONS in pharmacy, 11(3), 14. doi: 10.24926/iip.v11i3.3339

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Raghunandan, R., Howard, K., Marra, C. A., Tordoff, J., & Smith, A. (2020). Identifying community pharmacist preferences for prescribing services in primary care in New Zealand: A discrete choice experiment. Applied Health Economics & Health Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40258-020-00615-3

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Simpson, B. H., Reith, D. M., Medlicott, N. J., & Smith, A. J. (2020). Monitoring the use of dabigatran etexilate for stroke prevention: Compliance with renal function guidelines. Journal of Primary Health Care, 12(4), 327-334. doi: 10.1071/HC19115

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Yamoah, L., Dragojlovic, N., Smith, A., Lynd, L. D., & Marra, C. A. (2020). Evaluating New Zealanders' values for drug coverage decision making: Trade-offs between treatments for rare and common conditions. Pharmacoeconomics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s40273-020-00974-8

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Fieldwick, D., Smith, A., & Paterson, H. (2019). General practitioners and gestational weight management. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 39(4), 485-491. doi: 10.1080/01443615.2018.1530739

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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, 57(11), 1087-1094. doi: 10.1080/15563650.2019.1582777

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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

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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

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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

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Tordoff, J. M., Brenkley, C., Krska, J., & Smith, A. (2019). Exploring medicines burden among adults in New Zealand: A cross-sectional survey. Patient Preference & Adherence, 13, 2171-2184. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S231202

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Young, A., Tordoff, J., Leitch, S., & Smith, A. (2019). Patient-focused medicines information: General practitioners’ and pharmacists’ views on websites and leaflets. Health Education Journal, 78(3), 340-351. doi: 10.1177/0017896918811373

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Young, A., Tordoff, J., Moore, S., & Smith, A. (2019). Patients' views of general practitioners' provision of medicine information leaflets. Journal of Primary Health Care, 11(4), 359-366. doi: 10.1071/HC19011

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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

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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

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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

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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, 10(4), 303-311. doi: 10.1071/HC17081

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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

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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

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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, 77(7), 762-777. doi: 10.1177/0017896918763679

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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, 40(3), 676-685. doi: 10.1007/s11096-018-0635-7

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Broughton, L. C., Medlicott, N. J., & Smith, A. J. (2021). Effectiveness of patient decision aids in women considering psychotropic medication use during pregnancy: A literature review. Archives of Women's Mental Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00737-021-01118-3

Journal - Research Other

Cousins, K., Norris, P., Horsburgh, S., Smith, A., Keown, S., Samaranayaka, A., Marra, C., & Churchward, M. (2021). Impact of removing prescription charges on health outcomes: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 11, e049261. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-049261

Journal - Research Other

Leitch, S., Smith, A., Zeng, J., & Stokes, T. (2021). Using an information package to reduce patients' risk of renal damage: Protocol for a randomized feasibility trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 10(4), e29161. doi: 10.2196/29161

Journal - Research Other

Burmeister, P., Su, S., Smith, A. J., & Wilby, K. J. (2020). The use of gentamicin for treatment of urogenital and extragenital gonorrhea: A systematic review of efficacy data. Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 54(10), 1030-1037. doi: 10.1177/1060028020927057

Journal - Research Other

Smith, A. J., & Wilby, K. J. (2020). Health services for sexually transmitted infections: Where are we at in New Zealand? A narrative literature review. Journal of Primary Health Care, 12(4), 335-344. doi: 10.1071/HC20039

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Wilby, K. J., & Smith, A. J. (2020). A narrative review of continuing professional development needs for pharmacists with respect to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Pharmacy, 8(2), 84. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy8020084

Journal - Research Other

Wilby, K. J., Chun, L. D., Ye, R., & Smith, A. J. (2020). Students' experiences with racism during the COVID-19 pandemic. Academic Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/acm.0000000000003801

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

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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