March 9, 2012
By Linda Homewood
The American Pharmacists Association on March 9, honored Carole L. Kimberlin, Ph.D., FAPhA, a professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida, as the 2012 recipient of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science (APhA-APRS) Research Achievement Award. Kimberlin was chosen for her significant contributions to pharmacist-patient communications, and her research impact on pharmacist-patient relationship, medication use and patient health attitudes and behaviors.
“This award is a wonderful recognition of the importance of Dr. Kimberlin’s work in advancing pharmacist-patient communications,” said Dr. William J. Millard, Executive Associate Dean, UF College of Pharmacy.”
A member of the American Psychological Association, Kimberlin’s research examines patient attitudes about following medication advice from healthcare providers and their choices and behavior in using medications.
“My research interests have focused on the relationship and communication dynamics between a healthcare provider and patient that are therapeutic or helpful to the patient,” Kimberlin said.
Kimberlin was the principal investigator on an FDA-funded project to evaluate consumer medication information leaflets commonly dispensed by pharmacies with prescriptions they fill. On a National Cancer Institute project for pain management, Kimberlin interviewed cancer patients, family caregivers, pharmacists, physicians, and nurses on barriers to effective communication between providers and patients.
A Fellow in the American Pharmacists Association, Kimberlin teaches professional communications in pharmacy practice, research measurement, and patient medication decisions to graduate students.