Dave has two primary areas of research: the pharmacy labor market and economic factors associated with drug utilization. His research of the pharmacist labor market has investigated trends in the supply and demand of pharmacists, factors associated with the number of hours worked by pharmacists, and trends in turnover rates, and reasons pharmacists leave jobs. In 2000 he worked on the National Pharmacist Workforce Survey. His research of economic factors associated with drug utilization has examined the role of types of prescription drug insurance on the cost of drugs used. A recent study examined how patient and insurance variables influenced the opportunity for generic drug use by prescribing physicians and generic substitution by pharmacists. Current studies examine prescription drug insurance choice by elderly consumers, the role of patient and insurance variables on drug use by the elderly, the use of new drug products, and the use of non-prescription drug products.
Beth has provided state and national presentations on implementing a pharmaceutical care practice, tobacco cessation counseling and services, developing/implementing clinical skills exams, and applying motivational interviewing techniques to promote health behavior change. She continues to be interested in facilitating the advancement of pharmaceutical care and provision of medication therapy management services as the standard of pharmacy practice. She encourages students to make a professional pledge to serve their patients through the application of pharmaceutical care principles and to motivate change within the profession of pharmacy. Beth’s research interests include pharmacy services implementation and sustained provision, as well as the evaluation and assessment of educational programs.