Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

Research Plan - The Clinical Pharmacy Department

- 2019/02/27

Research Plan

The Clinical Pharmacy Department focuses on following research fields as part of its strategic plan:

  1. Pharmacy practice research: Carrying out research in this field requires conducting surveys and multidisciplinary studies in Makkah on pharmacy practice (including practices relevant to hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, the implementation of pharmacoeconomics and clinical pharmacokinetics in hospitals, the use of antibiotics, and evaluation of the use of medication.)

  2. Medication safety: The Ministry of Health gives special attention to patient safety, as it is one of the most important topics of this era. The starting point should be the multidisciplinary studies aimed at developing and promoting medication safety in places that provide health services in the Makkah Region. As clinical pharmacists, we need to shed more light on medication safety issues in the Makkah region, and contribute to promoting patient safety.

  3. Promoting pilgrims’ health: This research field has special importance due to the unique location of the university in the holy Makkah region, and the fact that most of the hospitals provide services for pilgrims. As pilgrims come from different countries, they may have different health issues particular to their home countries. This research field enables us to study these health issues simply without any additional cost spent on medical research.

I believe this gives the Clinical Pharmacy Department an advantage over the other departments of the college with the respect to research activities. While the conduction of research in other departments requires huge funds, we can easily conduct clinical research in our department that relies on the outstanding experience gained by the members of the department. In addition, the Clinical Pharmacy Department includes physicians and pharmacists who collaborate with each other to conduct integrated and comprehensive clinical research and studies.

Here are some proposals for our research plans that will be submitted:

  1. Description of the mistakes made by health entities. (Its data was collected and approved by Dr. Abdul-Haseeb.)
  2. Correction of the mistakes made by health entities.
  3. Supervision of the use of antibiotics at the hospitals located in Makkah. (The UQU Research Center collected and approved the relevant data in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, under the supervision of Dr. Abdul-Haseeb [principal researcher] and Mahmud Hisham [assistant researcher]).
  4. The pilgrims’ behavior in relation to the use of medication during the Hajj season. (The data of this research project was collected, and Dr. Abdul Haseeb presented its initial findings at the International Patient Safety Conference held in May 2014 A.C. in Liverpool, the United Kingdom.)
  5. Antibiotic resistance patterns in the pilgrims coming from different countries, and the necessity to develop applicable guidelines, taking into consideration the different cultures of the pilgrims. (This project was conducted in collaboration with the PhD students, and was presented orally at the Dubai International Pharmaceuticals and Technologies Conference and Exhibition (DUPHAT) in 2014. It was approved as a principal research at the 30th International Conference for Pharmacoepidemiology and Medication Safety, held in 2014 in Taipai, Taiwan. In addition, an abstract of this study was published in the Journal of Pharmacoepidemiology and Medication Safety - 3.17)
  6. The death of some pilgrims due to asthma, and the risk factors associated with the use of medication during Hajj.

Selected Publications:

  1. Effect of Zinc Supplementation on Glycemic Control, Lipid Profile, and Renal Functions in Patients with Type II Diabetes: A Single Blinded, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Trial, Sahar El-Ashmoony, Heba Kamal, Amany Abdelhafez, Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare, Vol. 2, No. 6, 2012 (33-41).
  2. Different Patterns of Inappropriate Antimicrobial Use: A Cross Sectional Study, Sahar El Ashmony, Life Science Journal, 2013 ;10(3): 216-222
  3. The Effect of Two Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors on the Bone Turnover of Intact and Ovariectomized Female Albino Rats, El-Moursy, Soha A.; Abdalla, Amal Y.; El-Ashmony, Sahar M.; Rashed, Laila; Ali, Hanan Hassan Mohamed, Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, 2009, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p136.
  4. Vitamin D Supplementation and Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, a Retrospective Cohort Study, Amal Y. Abdallah, Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, 7(1): 44-50, 2012.
  5. The Impact of Clinical Pharmacist and ID intervention in Rationalization of Antimicrobial Use, Niaz Al-Somai, Mohammed Al Muhur, Osama Quteimat, Nashaat Hamzah, Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal, (2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.jsps .2014.02.003 – In Press.
  6. A cross-sectional assessment of knowledge, attitude and practice among Hepatitis – B patients in Quetta, Pakistan, Haq UN, Hassali MA, Shafie AA, Saleem F, Farooqui M, Haseeb A, Aljadhey H. A, BMC Public Health, 2013; 13:448.
  7. Recommendations for the role of pharmacists in Saudi Arabia. Haseeb A, Elrggal EM, Archives of Pharmacy Practice, 2013; 4 (3): 138.
  8. The impact of pharmacist-led educational interventions on the use of high-risk abbreviations in a Saudi Arabian hospital and emergency centers. HaseebA, Winit, WW, Baksh AR, Mubark RA, Mously A, Ikraam A, Albaan AZ, Ibrahim B, Pharmacoepidemiology& Drug Safety, 2013; 22 (s1): 257.