Li-Chia Chen


  • Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, Division of Pharmacy and Optometry, University of Manchester, Room 1.33, 1st Floor Stopford Building

    M13 9PT Manchester

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


I am a hospital pharmacist by background, with expertise in pharmacy practice research and methodologies in evidence-based medicine, drug utilisation research, pharmacoepidemiology, and health economics. I have a progressing and balanced professional and academic profile and an insightful scope of international teaching and pharmacy study in higher education institutes.

My current research focuses on the quality of patient-centred healthcare and explores issues of medicine use and outcomes from the perspectives of patients, payers and healthcare providers. I often used mixed methods (including qualitative and quantitative methodologies) to explore policy, drug utilisation, and patient safety-related issues in various disease areas. In particular, I have many experiences in using secondary databases, such as the Taiwan National Health Insurance Database and the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink.

Currently, my research emerges in two themes around optimising the use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain management and the adherence, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of long-term breast cancer therapeutics. I am also involved in several projects in developing and evaluating pharmacy services.

I taught in both undergraduate (MPharm) and postgraduate (MScClinPharm) programmes in evidence-based medicine, critical appraisal, randomised control trials design and statistics, epidemiology study design and health economic evaluation. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical and cost-effectiveness of selective COX-2 inhibitors compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in postoperative pain management, The University of Manchester

1 Oct 200130 Jul 2005

Award Date: 30 Sept 2005

Master of Science, Drug Utilization Evaluation Study of Antiplatelet Agent-Ticlopidine in a Medical Center, National Cheng Kung University

1 Sept 199430 Jun 1996

Award Date: 30 Jun 1996

Bachelor of Science, School of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Kaohsiung Medical University

1 Sept 198930 Jun 1993

Award Date: 30 Jun 1993

External positions

Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham

1 Apr 201031 Dec 2016

Assistant Professor, Kaohsiung Medical University

1 Aug 200731 Mar 2010

Lecturer, Foo-Yin Institute of Technology University

1 Aug 199931 Jul 2001

Director of Pharmacy Department, Foo-Yin Institute of Technology Hospital

1 Jul 199930 Sept 2001

Chief Clinical Pharmacist, Foo-Yin Institute of Technology Hospital

1 Jan 199930 Jun 1999

Pharmacist, National Cheng Kung University Hospital

1 Sept 199730 Nov 1998

Teaching Assistant, National Cheng Kung University

1 Aug 199631 Jul 1997

Pharmacist, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital

1 Oct 199330 Jul 1994

Areas of expertise

  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • pharmacy practice
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • pharmacoepidemiology
  • health economics
  • RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • drug utilisation research
  • Evidence-based practice
  • RZ Other systems of medicine

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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