The pharmacist’s role in disaster research response

Christopher J. Edwards, Aubrey Miller, J. Perren Cobb, Brian L. Erstad

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Purpose. The need for high-quality research during disaster responses has been well described in the literature, and such research is supported by efforts at the federal level through the National Institutes of Health Disaster Research Response (DR2) Program. This article describes the fourth DR2 workshop with a specific focus on opportunities for pharmacists to get involved with disaster research efforts. Summary. Pharmacists have historically played a significant role in disaster planning and response, and there are a number of opportunities for pharmacists to bring their unique perspective, positioning, and skills to disaster research response (ie, onsite and other research on the medical and public health aspects of disasters and public health emergencies). In February 2019, the fourth DR2 workshop was held in Tucson, AZ, in conjunction with the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Tucson, the university’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, and the university’s Bio5 Institute to explore clinical and population-based research in a simulated disaster setting. This article describes the workshop and discusses several opportunities for pharmacists to design, lead, and support research efforts during disaster scenarios through involvement in research areas including clinical, operational, educational, and logistic aspects of pharmacy practice. Conclusion. Due to their positioning throughout health systems, unique perspective, training, and skills, pharmacists are uniquely situated to play an important role in disaster research response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1054-1059
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2021


  • Disaster planning
  • Disaster research response
  • Disasters
  • Pharmacy research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Health Policy


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