Kristie Rebecca Weir, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Primary Health Care (BIHAM) at the University of Bern and holds a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (ESKAS). Her postdoctoral research focuses on deprescribing communication and decision-making in the primary care setting. In addition to this, she is developing and testing typologies to assess how patient- and clinician-related factors influence deprescribing.
She conducted her doctoral research in public health from 2016-2020 at the University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Public Health. Her PhD involved a series of qualitative and mixed-methods studies focused on communication, goal elicitation and shared decision-making in the context of polypharmacy. In addition to this, her PhD involved the development and feasibility testing of a communication tool (the Medicines Conversation Guide) for use in medication reviews. She has expertise in qualitative research and has conducted qualitative studies with older patients, their caregivers, pharmacists and general practitioners.
In the recent past, she led a systematic review on the Patients’ Attitudes Towards Deprescribing (PATD) questionnaire with the author Dr Emily Reeve.
She is currently involved in an international online experimental survey looking at factors that influence deprescribing preferences with researchers from the University of Michigan, University of Newcastle, Maastricht University and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

  • Deprescribing
  • Communication and decision-making
  • Qualitative research
  • Primary care research