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Safety and quality in independent prescribing: an evidence review

Safety and quality in independent prescribing: an evidence review
Safety and quality in independent prescribing: an evidence review
There are indications that the increasing number of nurse prescribers has had a positive impact on patient access to medicines and that patients are satisfied with nurse prescribing. However, in order to impact on clinical outcomes, nurses’ prescribing consultations need to be not only safe, but also demonstrate a range of quality indicators derived from the evidence on effective prescribing. A number of frameworks that outline the competencies to guide safe and effective prescribing have been developed, which nurses and those responsible for the governance of prescribing in practice could use to assess and monitor the safety and quality of nurse prescribing. Research into nurse prescribing suggests that nurses use a range of competencies and skills in their prescribing consultations that are necessary to underpin quality and safe prescribing of medicines. However, evidence also indicates a need for greater consistency in the frequency with which nurses apply the full range of skills necessary for effective prescribing.
safety and quality, evidence review, nurse prescribers
1479-9189
59-66
Latter, Sue
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Latter, Sue
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Latter, Sue (2008) Safety and quality in independent prescribing: an evidence review. Nurse Prescribing, 6 (2), 59-66.

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Abstract

There are indications that the increasing number of nurse prescribers has had a positive impact on patient access to medicines and that patients are satisfied with nurse prescribing. However, in order to impact on clinical outcomes, nurses’ prescribing consultations need to be not only safe, but also demonstrate a range of quality indicators derived from the evidence on effective prescribing. A number of frameworks that outline the competencies to guide safe and effective prescribing have been developed, which nurses and those responsible for the governance of prescribing in practice could use to assess and monitor the safety and quality of nurse prescribing. Research into nurse prescribing suggests that nurses use a range of competencies and skills in their prescribing consultations that are necessary to underpin quality and safe prescribing of medicines. However, evidence also indicates a need for greater consistency in the frequency with which nurses apply the full range of skills necessary for effective prescribing.

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Published date: 12 February 2008
Keywords: safety and quality, evidence review, nurse prescribers

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Local EPrints ID: 50386
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/50386
ISSN: 1479-9189
PURE UUID: ac559474-5a92-439c-b852-853ab833ef66
ORCID for Sue Latter: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0973-0512

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Date deposited: 12 Aug 2008
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 01:47

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