Research Resources


Review Processes

Administrative and ethical review are different but interdependent processes.  Normally, neither body will issue a certificate of approval without the other having given its approval, and the two groups generally work together behind the scenes. Registration is an additional process applying to some types of studies.

Comprehensive resources about this are available on the LMPS Pharmacy Researchers site.  Please note that this website was developed and is maintained by Dr. Peter Loewen.

TIP: ALWAYS write a complete protocol before beginning to apply for ethical review. This will greatly enhance the chances of approval on the first round with the REB.


Ethics Tutorials

The UBC REBs require all trainees involved in research (i.e., residents) to complete an online Tricouncil Policy Statement 2 (TCPS2) tutorial.  This is a worthwhile introduction to the ethical framework governing researchers working with human subjects.  Project preceptors are strongly urged to complete it as well.


Statistical and Methodological Support

Online Courses

I Heart Stats
NotreDameX: SOC120x I Heart Stats: Learning to Love Statistics:

Statistics in Medicine (Stanford)

Writing in the Sciences (Stanford)


General online resources

Which statistical test to use:

Chi Squared test:

Background readings on statistical tests:


Local workshops

FH Department of Research and Evaluation:

e.g.: Surveys 101, Posters and Oral Presentations, Analyzing Research Data Using Excel

UBC Research Commons Workshops

e.g.: Best Practices for Research Data Management, SPSS (linear regression, logistic regression, survival analysis)

Cochrane Training Workshop and Courses

Useful references

Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy – Research Primer

Bond CM.  The research jigsaw:  how to get started.  Can J Hosp Pharm.  2014; 67(1): 28-30.

Tully MP.  Research:  articulating questions, generating hypotheses, and choosing study designs.  Can J Hosp Pharm. 2014; 67(1): 31-4.

Loewen P.  Ethical issues in pharmacy practice research:  an introductory guide.  Can J Hosp Pharm.  2014; 67(2): 133-7.

Tsuyuki RT.  Designing pharmacy practice research trials.  Can J Hosp Pharm.  2014; 67(3): 226-9.

Bresee LC.  An introduction to developing surveys for pharmacy practice research.  Can J Hosp Pharm 2014; 67(4): 286-91.

Gamble JM.  An introduction to the fundamentals of cohort and case-control studies.  Can J Hosp Pharm.  2014; 67(5): 366-72.

Austin Z, Sutton J.  Qualitative research:  getting started.  Can J Hosp Pharm.  2014; 67(6): 436-40.

Houle S.  An introduction to the fundamentals of randomized controlled trials in pharmacy research.  Can J Hosp Pharm. 2015; 68(1): 28-32.

Charrois TL.  Systematic reviews:  What do you need to know to get started?  Can J Hosp Pharm.  2015; 68(2): 144-8.

Sutton J, Austin Z.  Qualitative research:  data collection, analysis, and management.  Can J Hosp Pharm.  2015; 68(3): 226-31.

Cadarette SM, Wong L.  An introduction to health care administrative data.  Can J Hosp Pharm.  2015; 68(3): 232-7.

Simpson SH.  Creating a data analysis plan:  what to consider when choosing statistics for a study.  Can J Hosp Pharm.  2015; 68(4): 311-7.