Pharmacist's perceptions of nurse prescribing of emergency contraception

Cooper, Neil, Blackwell, David, Taylor, Gemma and Holden, Keith (2000) Pharmacist's perceptions of nurse prescribing of emergency contraception. British Journal of Community Nursing, 5 (3). pp. 126-131. ISSN 1462-4753

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Proposed strategies to reduce the rate of unplanned pregnancy in the UK include widening access to hormonal emergency contraception (HEC) through nurse prescribing and over-the-counter sales by pharmacists. This article reports on the perceptions of pharmacists regarding the appropriateness of nurse prescribing of HEC drawn from a survey of pharmacists' attitudes towards HEC deregulation. A 10% sample (n = 3999) of all members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was surveyed and a response rate of 38.6% (1543 respondents) achieved. Pharmacists were asked whether or not nurses should prescribe HEC and in what capacity. In respect of the statement that: 'Nurses should not be allowed to prescribe post-coital contraception', 42% of respondents agreed while 31.6% disagreed. This indicates that pharmacists do not have a consensus view regarding nurse prescribing of HEC. Arrangements for pharmacists prescribing under protocol received the support of 60.2% of respondents, whereas 41% expressed support for nurse prescribing under protocol. There was also relatively little support for 'specifically trained' nurses prescribing HEC. The findings are considered in relation to the development of a coherent and accessible provision of HEC and the wider implications for interprofessional relationships concerning prescribing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: attitude of health personnel,consensus,contraceptives, postcoital,drug prescriptions,drug and narcotic control,great britain,humans,interprofessional relations,legislation, nursing,pharmacists,professional autonomy
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Social and Developmental Psychology (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Social Cognition Research Group
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 00:52
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2023 08:02
DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2000.5.3.7422

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