About Dr Stephen Carter

Dr Carter's research interests include: consumers’ and caregivers’ willingness to use pharmacists’ services; consumers’ and caregivers’ perceptions of service quality in community pharmacies; improving consumers’ adherence to medicines using smart phone application; linking real-time prescription records with dispensing records and patients’ self reports of medicine use; survey design; and the use of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) as a tool to analyse survey data

Stephen is a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Sydney with a specialisation in pharmacist services. He is a registered pharmacist with clinical specialisation in medication management review. Stephen’s research, teaching and advocacy agenda aims to ensure that society makes greater use of pharmacists unique skills. In regards to research, Stephen uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand more about: a) how consumers and their caregivers obtain and use their medicines and medicines information; b) how best to design and utilise pharmacist services, both as primary care practitioners and as collaborators in teams; and c) how best to support and educate pharmacists throughout their journey from students to interns to practitioners and to on advanced practitioner status. Stephen is currently a Board Director of Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA). He is a Fellow of the PSA and represents the organisation on various National committees.

Selected publications

  • Farrugia, L., Lee, A., Fischer, G., Blaszczynski, A., Carter, S., Smith, S. (2017). Evaluation of the influence of pharmacists and GPs on patient perceptions of long-term topical corticosteroid use. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, 28(2), 112-118.
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2016). The willingness of informal caregivers to assist their care-recipient to use Home Medicines Review. Health Expectations, 19(3), 527-542.
  • Carter, S. (2016). Using confirmatory factor analysis to manage discriminant validity issues in social pharmacy research. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 38(3), 731-737.
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., Krass, I., Kritikos, V. (2016). Using social cognitive theory to explain the intention of final-year pharmacy students to undertake a higher degree in pharmacy practice research. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 80(6), 1-11.
  • Kritikos, V., Saini, B., Carter, S., Moles, R., Krass, I. (2015). Factors influencing pharmacy students' attitudes towards pharmacy practice research and strategies for promoting research interest in pharmacy practice. Pharmacy Practice, 13(3), 1-8.
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2015). The impact of patients' perceptions of the listening skills of the pharmacist on their willingness to re-use Home Medicines Reviews: a structural equation model. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 11(2), 163-175.
  • Walpola, R., Fois, R., Carter, S., McLachlan, A., Chen, T. (2015). Validation of a survey tool to assess the patient safety attitudes of pharmacy students. BMJ Open, 5(9), 1-9.
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2013). Consumers' willingness to use a medication management service: The effect of medication-related worry and the social influence of the general practitioner. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 9(4), 431-445.
  • Carter, S., Moles, R., White, L., Chen, T. (2013). Medication information seeking behavior of patients who use multiple medicines: how does it affect adherence? Patient Education and Counseling, 92(1), 74-80.
  • White, L., Klinner, C., Carter, S. (2012). Consumer perspectives of the Australian Home Medicines Review Program: Benefits and Barriers. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 8(1), 4-16.