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N Brooks, C Otway, C Rashid, E Kilty, C Maggs
British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol. 6, Iss. 7, 09 Jul 2001, pp 342 - 348

This study was undertaken in a primary care group to explore nurse prescribing from the patient/client’s viewpoint. All prescribing health visitors, district nurses and practice nurses were asked to recruit five patients for whom they had prescribed; 50 patients/clients participated in the study. Identified benefits of nurse prescribing included a more effective use of the nurse’s and doctor’s time; a quality relationship between the nurse and patient; nurses’ awareness of their own professional limitations; their expertise in certain types of care; and their providing timely, convenient, practical and successful treatment. Limitations and the proposed options for change included the training and competency of nurse prescribers and the limitations of the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary. On a local level the study informs nurse prescribers that they are currently meeting the needs of the majority of recipients, and provides evidence of some of the benefits and limitations of nurse prescribing.

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