About Associate Professor Parisa Aslani

A/Prof Aslani’s driving focus is to improve quality use of medicines by patients/consumers through increased and appropriate medicine information, informed shared decision making (concordance), and adherence to therapy. She has impacted policy and education in the healthcare sector, and at the Commonwealth Government level. The broad areas of her research are: Consumer Medicine Information (CMI): This area encompasses medicine information needs of consumers; evaluation of CMI use by health professionals and consumers; factors influencing use by both groups; development of programs to foster CMI use by health professionals; development of effective and alternative forms of CMI. Concordance and Patient Adherence: This area encompasses, investigating consumer and pharmacist awareness of adherence to therapy; development of adherence monitoring and promoting services to be delivered by health professionals. Cognitive Pharmaceutical Services: This area includes determining facilitators and motivators of pharmacy practice change; developing pharmacists’ role in delivering health services.

A/Prof Aslani has expertise in the area of medicine information and adherence to therapy. She also has expertise in research methods, specifically qualitative and quantitative research methods in pharmacy practice.

A/Prof Aslani is well recognized for her research as evidenced by 23 research grants (≈AUS$2.7 million) including 10 grants as primary chief investigator (≈AUS$1.45 million). One such grant is a competitive tender (>$AUS1 million, 2008) in the area of Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) from the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (managed through the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. 
A/Prof Aslani has 61 research articles in peer-reviewed journals; 526 citations of her articles since 2007. Scopus provides an h-index value of 14 with over 500 citations. 
Currently, she is the primary supervisor of five PhD, one MPhil (Research), one Honours student and co-supervisor of three PhD and one MPhil (Research) students. Her student completions are: five PhD (2 primary, 3 co-supervised including one from University of Helsinki), five MPharm (two visiting from international universities), two MPhil (Research, 1 co-supervised), and 21 Honours. 
A/Prof Aslani is a scholarly reviewer for 16 international peer-reviewed journals, as well as a reviewer for theses, books and pharmacy professional standards and guidelines. 

Selected publications

  • Dickinson R, Hamrosi K, Knapp P, Aslani P, Sowter J, Krass I, Raynor D, (2011) Suits you? A qualitative study exploring preferences regarding the tailoring of consumer medicines information International Journal of Pharmacy Practice- accepted
  • Hamrosi K, Dickinson R, Knapp P, Raynor D, Krass I, Sowter J, Aslani P (2011) It’s for your benefit:  Exploring patients’ opinions about the inclusion of textual and numerical benefit information in medicine leaflets International Journal of Pharmacy Practice- accepted
  • El Samman F, Chaar BB, McLachlan AJ, Aslani P (2012) Medicines and disease information  needs of older Arabic speaking Australians Australasian Journal on Ageing- In press
  • Van Dalem J, Krass I, Aslani P (2012) Interventions to promote adherence to cardiovascular medicines International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy 34(2): pp 295-311
  • Hamrosi K, Raynor DKT, Aslani P (2012) Beyond needs and expectations: Identifying the barriers and facilitators to written medicine information provision and use in Australia  Health Expectations doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00753.x
  • Mansoor S, Krass I, Aslani P (2012) Multi Professional Interventions to Improve Adherence to Cardiovascular Medications Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics doi:10.1177/1074248412442001
  • Jay E, Aslani P, Raynor DK (2011) User testing of Consumer Medicine Information in Australia Health Education Journal 70(4) pp420-427 doi:10.1177/0017896910376131
  • Chong WW, Aslani P, Chen T (2011) Effectiveness of Interventions to Improve Antidepressant Medication Adherence: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Clinical Practice- 65(9) pp: 954–975
  • Gu P, Williams K, Aslani P, Chaar BB (2011) Direct to Consumer Advertising on the Internet: An Australian Consumer Perspective Journal of Pharmacy Practice Research 41(3) pp: 196-202
  • Luk A, Aslani P (2011) Tools Used to Evaluate Written Medicine and Health Information: Document and User Perspectives Health Education and Behavior 38(4) pp389-403 doi:10.1177/1090198110379576