David Rhys Axon, PhD, MPharm, MS, MRPharmS

Associate Research Professor

Rhys Axon, PhD, MPharm, MS, MRPharmS, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science and co-director of the Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes graduate program at the University of Arizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy. He received his MPharm (2014) from The University of Reading and later practiced community pharmacy in the United Kingdom. He received his MS (2017) and PhD (2019) in pharmaceutical economics, policy, and outcomes from the University of Arizona. Dr. Axon serves as co-director of the University of Arizona R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy Outcomes Research Group (ORG) and as an investigator at the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics (HOPE). Dr. Axon’s research interests include improving the economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes associated with managing chronic conditions, particularly pain and the opioid crisis, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. He also supports student pharmacists and pharmacists with scholarly activities and seeks to demonstrate the value of the pharmacy profession. Dr. Axon has published over 80 peer-reviewed research articles and presented his research at both national and international conferences. Dr. Axon is also a member of several professional organizations such as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).

Education & Post Graduate Training: 

Master of Pharmacy, The University of Reading, 2014
MS, The University of Arizona, 2017
PhD, The University of Arizona, 2019

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Tetuan C, Axon DRhys, Bingham J, et al. "Assessing the Effect of a Telepharmacist's Recommendations During an Integrated, Interprofessional Telehealth Appointment and Their Alignment with Quality Measures." J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2019;25(12):1334-1339. PMID: 31778622
Axon DRhys, Augustine JM, Warholak T, Lee JK. "Improving rating scales: Applying Rasch analysis to student pharmacists' attitudes towards herbal medications." Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2019;11(7):658-663. PMID: 31227087
Marupuru S, Axon DRhys, Slack MK. "How do pharmacists use and recommend vitamins, minerals, herbals and other dietary supplements?" BMC Complement Altern Med. 2019;19(1):229. PMCID: PMC6704661  PMID: 31438941
Campbell AM, Axon DRhys, Martin JR, Slack MK, Mollon L, Lee JK. "Melatonin for the prevention of postoperative delirium in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis." BMC Geriatr. 2019;19(1):272. PMCID: PMC6796479  PMID: 31619178
Axon DR, Patel MJ, Martin JR, Slack MK. "Use of multidomain management strategies by community dwelling adults with chronic pain: evidence from a systematic review." Scand J Pain. 2019. PMID: 30375350


Taylor AM, Bingham J, Schussel K, et al. "Integrating Innovative Telehealth Solutions into an Interprofessional Team-Delivered Chronic Care Management Pilot Program." J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2018;24(8):813-818. PMID: 30058982
Taylor AM, Axon DRhys, Campbell P, et al. "What Patients Know About Services to Help Manage Chronic Diseases and Medications: Findings from Focus Groups on Medication Therapy Management." J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2018;24(9):904-910. PMID: 30156456
Axon DRhys, Campbell P, Warholak T. "Student pharmacists’ experiences of teamwork in a quality improvement course." Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2018;11(2):139-144.
Bhattacharjee S, Axon DRhys, Goldstone L, Lee JK. "Patterns and Predictors of Depression Treatment among Stroke Survivors with Depression in Ambulatory Settings in the United States." J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2018;27(3):563-567. PMID: 29097059
Axon DRhys, Hernandez C, Lee J, Slack M. "An Exploratory Study of Student Pharmacists' Self-Reported Pain, Management Strategies, Outcomes, and Implications for Pharmacy Education." Pharmacy (Basel). 2018;6(1). PMCID: PMC5874550  PMID: 29361750