Sumithra Devi D/O S Suppiah

Research Associate (Senior)


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Sumithra is a Senior Research Associate at CARE. She is passionate about research that focus on health literacy and health communication. At CARE she works on a pharmacy-related health services research project that aims to build an evidence-base to implement improved pharmacy-generated prescription medication labels in Singapore.

Sumithra is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Monash which is focused on advancing the health literacy responsiveness of pharmacies in Singapore. She received a Bachelor’s degree, double major in Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacology from the University of Queensland in in 2004. She further pursed training in pharmacy and received a Master’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Western Australia in 2014.


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Sumitra’s research interests include the following:

  1. Health literacy
  2. Organisational health literacy
  3. Pharmacy-related health services research
  4. Chronic disease self-management
  5. Health communication
  6. Health promotion and education
  1. Ping Y, Visaria A, Suppiah SD, Tan YW, Malhotra R. Prevalence and correlates of medication reminder app ‘use and use intention’ among older adults. Exploratory Research in Clinical and Social Pharmacy. 2022 Jun 9:100150.
  2. Tan YW, Suppiah SD, Chan A, Koh GC, Tang WE, Tay SS, Malhotra R, PROMISE Study Group. Older adult and family caregiver experiences with prescription medication labels and their suggestions for label improvement. Exploratory research in clinical and social pharmacy. 2021 Dec 1;4:100087.
  3. Malhotra R, Suppiah SD, Tan YW, Tay SS, Tan VS, Tang WE, Tan NC, Wong RY, Chan A, Koh GC, Vaillancourt R. Validation of pharmaceutical pictograms among older adults with limited English proficiency. Patient Education and Counseling. 2022 Apr 1;105(4):909-16.      
  4. Suppiah SD, Tan YW, Cheng GH, Tang WE, Malhotra R. Mediators of the association of limited English health literacy with medication non-adherence among Singaporean elderly. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare. 2020 Mar;29(1):25-32.
  5. Tan YW, Suppiah SD, Bautista MA, Malhotra R. Polypharmacy among community-dwelling elderly in Singapore: Prevalence, risk factors and association with medication non-adherence. Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare. 2019 Dec;28(4):224-31