Marissa Mes headshot
PhD Title
Pharmacists as the delivery channel for adherence support in asthma: A United Kingdom study
Funded by
NIHR CLAHRC North Thames
Prof Robert Horne (UCL) & Prof Stephanie Taylor (QMUL)
Based at
University College London

Pharmacists as the delivery channel for adherence support in asthma: A United Kingdom study

The aim of the PhD is to examine UK pharmacists as a potential delivery channel for a theory-based adherence intervention for asthma. This is broken down into three objectives:

  1. To assess the effectiveness of pharmacist-led interventions in improving medication adherence in adults with asthma, through a systematic review and meta-analysis.
  2. To identify the barriers and enablers of pharmacist-led adherence support in the UK from the perspectives of pharmacists and people with asthma.
  3. To investigate the feasibility and acceptability of pharmacists as a delivery channel for a theory-based adherence intervention delivered to adults with asthma in general practice.

About me

Marissa has a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Major in Psychology, Minor in Statistics) from University College Utrecht in the Netherlands, and a MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Bath. She worked as a research assistant for the University of Oxford’s Health Experiences Research Group on a project exploring the experiences of young people with skin conditions. Marissa is Dutch-Japanese, but grew up in Tanzania, the Netherlands, and the Philippines. Her research interests include: adherence, long-term conditions, health inequality, public health interventions, and experiences of health and illness.


  • Mes M, Chan AHY, Wileman V, Katzer CB, Goodbourn M, Towndrow S, Taylor SJC and Horne R. Patient involvement in questionnaire design: tackling response error and burden. Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice. 2019; 12:17


This research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North Thames at Bart’s Health NHS Trust (NIHR CLAHRC North Thames). The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, or the Department of Health and Social Care. The PhD is affiliated with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research.

Other collaborations include: the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, City & Hackney and Haringey Clinical Commissioning Groups, Cwm Taf University Health Board (Wales), St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (London)

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