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The NHS Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) Research Programme today announced that Professor Rob Horne, at the University of Brighton, will be leading an important review of the evidence base for involving patients in decisions about prescribed medicines.
In addition to providing a summary of current research, the project will also identify a future research agenda to fill in key gaps in the evidence. A sum of 80,000 research funding has been allocated to the scooping exercise, which has been commissioned by the Department of Health funded task force on Medicines Partnership. It will take nine months to complete the project with results due to be published in around March 2005.
Professor Horne, who led the successful team that won the competitive tender against 14 other research teams from around the UK, comments, "We are delighted to have been selected to undertake this exciting project. Extensive work has been conducted on concordance over the years and this is a great opportunity to pull it all together and move forward."
Dr Stuart Anderson, Deputy Director of the National Coordinating Centre for the NHS SDO Research and Development commented, "We are pleased to be commissioning this research on behalf of the Medicines Partnership.  Medicine taking is an important part of health care, and this scoping exercise will strengthen the evidence base in an important area of service delivery. The SDO Programme was encouraged to receive a wide range of high quality research proposals, demonstrating both the level of interest and strength of the research capacity in this field." 
Welcoming the decision, Joanne Shaw, Director of Medicines Partnership, said, "This is a significant step forward towards our goal of enabling patients to be fully involved in decisions about their treatment, which will lead to improved health outcomes and increased satisfaction for patients and health professionals.  It is important that in taking this agenda forward we have a robust evidence base and that we make the knowledge available to researchers and practitioners. We congratulate Professor Horne and his team and look forward to working with them."
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Notes for Editors
  1. Concordance describes successful prescribing and medicine taking based on partnerships; Patients and health care professionals working in partnership to reach an agreement on the illness and treatment, taking into account the experience, beliefs and wishes of the patient in deciding when, how and why to use medicines; Health care professionals recognizing each others skills and working in partnership to improve patient's participation.   
  2. The SDO Programme is a national research programme established to consolidate and develop the evidence base on the organisation, management and delivery of health care services. For further information visit
  3. Medicines Partnership Task Force is a task force supported by the DoH aimed at helping patients achieve maximum benefit from their medicines. The Medicines Partnership programme is led by a collaborative body involving nurses, doctors, pharmacists, patients, academics, the pharmaceutical industry and the NHS. It is supported by the Centre for Medicines Partnership, a project team based at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in London, under the leadership of Director, Joanne Shaw. For further information visit: