Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/ebn1169
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Mixed methods evaluation of in-hospital nurse prescribing finds similar care standards and provision between nurses and doctors

  1. Eleanor Bradley
  1. Staffordshire University, Faculty of Health, Stafford, UK; South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Research and Development Department, Stafford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Eleanor Bradley
    Faculty of Health, Centre for Practice and Service Improvement, Staffordshire University, Blackheath Lane ST18 0AD, UK; e.j.bradley{at}

Commentary on:


Implications for nursing practice

  • Nurse prescribing roles can be successfully implemented within acute healthcare services, but effective workforce planning is required to engage the whole team.

  • Nurse prescribers have the potential to enhance patient satisfaction with medication information in acute settings. The impact of this on concordance and adherence requires further study.

Implications for nursing research

  • The impact of increased satisfaction on concordance and adherence rates requires further study.

  • The findings suggest that further research is necessary with Black and Minority Ethnic populations, with a particular focus on concerns about prescribed medication.


The aim of this study was to outline the differences that prescribing roles make to team working to investigate how independent prescribers employ their roles in an acute hospital environment and what difference this can make with respect to impact of the prescribing role.

In the UK, nurse prescribing was introduced to community nurses in the early 1990s then rolled out to all …

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