PhD Purdue University Pharmacy Administration 1999
Dr. Plake's primary research interests are focused on patient care and associated outcomes. Most of her past research has centered on services and programs in the community settings. Projects in this area include implementing interdisciplinary health care in the community pharmacy setting, evaluating a nonprescription medication service, and assessing a community diabetes screening project. As she has continued to conduct research in areas of chronic illness, she has become interested in facilitating health behavior change in patients and teaching pharmacy practitioners/students how to facilitate change. She also has recently developed an interest in health literacy and interventions to improve patient education and health outcomes.
Dr. Plake's main teaching responsibility involves introductory aspects of pharmacy practice, including compounding, calculations, and communication. In addition, she teaches patient management topics, including health behavior theory, cultural awareness, and health literacy. She also is engaged in research pertaining to teaching. She has been involved in diabetes certificate programs and their impact on pharmacists' provision of pharmaceutical care, as well as assessing empathy and its development in pharmacy students.
Noureldin M, Murawski MM, Mason HL, Hyner GC, Plake KS. The Association Between Family Caregivers Involvement In Managing Older Adults Medications And Caregivers Information-seeking Behaviors. Journal Of The American Pharmacists Association. 2017;57(2): 170-177.
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