Edwin Tan

Title: Affiliated

Sector: Medicine


Edwin Tan

Dr Edwin Tan is a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University and affiliated with the Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet. He is also a registered pharmacist with clinical experience in both Australia and the UK.

Dr Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) in 2007. He was awarded his PhD at Monash University in 2014. His doctoral thesis, ‘A team approach to optimising medication outcomes in primary care’, was awarded the 2014 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal.

In 2015, Dr Tan received an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship and the Honourable Geoffrey Connard AM Travel Award to undertake postdoctoral training at the Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Aging Research Centre, Karolinska Institutet.

Dr Tan’s research interests are in pharmacoepidemiology, public health, quality use of medicines and cognitive health and ageing. His current fellowship investigates the management of comorbidities in people with dementia, with a focus on cardiovascular disease.

Dr Tan is the associate supervisor for one PhD, one Masters and six undergraduate pharmacy and medical students. He is an experienced teaching associate and lecturer, and has designed and delivered coursework as part of the undergraduate pharmacy practice curriculum at Monash University. He is on the editorial board for Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

Dr Tan is also a cartoonist and has had his work published in various journals and textbooks. In 2013, he was shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards.

Selected publications

Jokanovic N, Tan ECK, Dooley MJ, Kirkpatrick CM, Bell JS. Prevalence and factors associated with polypharmacy in long term care facilities: a systematic review. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2015; doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2015.03.003

Tan ECK, Visvanathan R, Hilmer SN, Emery T, Robson L, Vitry AI, Hughes J, Jones MJ, Moawad S, Ilomäki J, Quirke T, Bell JS. Analgesic use and daytime sleepiness in residents with and without dementia in residential aged care facilities. Drugs Aging 2015;32(12):1045-1053

Tan ECK, Jokanovic N, Koponen M, Thomas D, Hilmer SN, Bell JS. Prevalence of analgesic use and pain in people with and without dementia or cognitive impairment in aged care facilities: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Curr Clin Pharmacol 2015;10(3):194–203

Tan ECK, Visvanathan R, Hilmer SN, Vitry AI, Quirke T, Emery T, Robson L, Sheldrick S, Reeve E,  Gnjidic D, Bell JS. Analgesic load, pain and daytime sedation in people with and without dementia in aged care facilities: a cross-sectional, multisite, epidemiological study protocol. BMJ Open 2014;4:e005757. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005757

Tan ECK, Elliott RA, Stewart K, George J. Improving osteoporosis management in general practice: a pharmacist-led drug use evaluation program. Drugs Aging 2014;31:703-709

Tan ECK, Stewart K, Elliott RA, George J. Pharmacist services provided in general practice clinics: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Res Social Adm Pharm 2014; 10(4):608–622

Tan ECK, Stewart K, Elliott RA, George J. Pharmacist consultations in general practice clinics: the Pharmacists in Practice Study (PIPS). Res Social Adm Pharm 2014;10(4): 623–632

Tan ECK, Stewart K, Elliott RA, George J. Integration of pharmacists into general practice in Australia: the views of general practitioners and pharmacists. Int J Pharm Pract 2014;22(1):28-37.

Tan ECK, Stewart K, Elliott RA, et al. Stakeholder experiences with general practice pharmacist services: a qualitative study. BMJ Open 2013;3:e003214. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003214

Tan ECK, Stewart K, Elliott RA, George J. An exploration of the role of pharmacists within general practice clinics: the protocol for the Pharmacists in Practice Study (PIPS). BMC: Health Services Research 2012;12(1):246.