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Enablers and barriers to pharmacists and nurses becoming independent prescribers

Alhawas, S., Langran, C. ORCID: and Hall, K. ORCID: (2024) Enablers and barriers to pharmacists and nurses becoming independent prescribers. Journal of Prescribing Practice, 6 (1). pp. 27-41. ISSN 2631-8393

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To link to this item DOI: 10.12968/jprp.2024.6.1.27


Independent prescribing was introduced in the UK in 2006, allowing qualified nurses and pharmacists to prescribe medicines independently; however, only 13% of nurses and 15% of pharmacists are currently independent prescribers (IPs). This study aimed to explore the factors that influence the intended behaviours of pharmacists and nurses enrolled on an independent prescribing course, and identifies enablers and barriers to becoming IPs. A cross-sectional qualitative study used semi-structured interviews based on two models of health behaviour: social cognitive theory and the theory of planned behaviour. A total of 20 interviews were completed with 15 pharmacists and five nurses. Themes that emerged related to attitudes, facilitators, barriers, social and environmental influences, and optimism. Participants demonstrated a positive attitude and a willingness to progress in their roles, but some participants stated that time constraints were the most significant barrier to becoming IPs. Consideration of the results of this study will reinforce the intention of these groups to become prescribers and engage in the role of enhancing healthcare outcomes.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy
ID Code:115043
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pharmacology (medical), Pharmacology (nursing)
Publisher:Mark Allen Group

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