Original Article: Treatment
The views of patients with diabetes about nurse prescribing
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Diabetic Medicine © 2010 Diabetes UK
Volume 27, Issue 9, pages 1049–1054, September 2010
How to Cite
Courtenay, M., Stenner, K. and Carey, N. (2010), The views of patients with diabetes about nurse prescribing. Diabetic Medicine, 27: 1049–1054. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2010.03051.x
- Issue published online: 18 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2010
- Accepted 28 May 2010
- nurse prescribing;
- service efficiency
Diabet. Med. 27, 1049–1054 (2010)
Aims To explore the views of patients with diabetes about nurse prescribing and the perceived advantages and disadvantages.
Methods Patients were recruited from the case-loads of seven nurse prescribers in six National Health Service sites in England. Sites reflected the key settings in which nurses typically prescribe for patients with diabetes within primary care. Forty-one interviews were undertaken by trained qualitative researchers. Interviews addressed opinions and experiences of nurse prescribing; audiotapes were transcribed, coded, and themes identified.
Results Patients were confident in nurse prescribing. Distinctions were made between the role of the nurse and that of the doctor, and views varied with regard to the extent patients felt nurses should work autonomously. Confidence in nurse prescribing was inspired by nurses’ specialist knowledge and experience, a mutual trusting relationship, a thorough consultation, and experience of the benefits of nurse prescribing. Communication between nurses and doctors about patient care, awareness by nurses of their area of competence, training and experience, specialist diabetes knowledge and access to training updates were considered important for safe prescribing. Patterns of attendance had changed in some cases, with patients tending to see doctors less often. Access to medicines was improved for patients during non-routine/emergency situations.
Conclusions Nurse prescribing is acceptable to patients and can increase the efficiency of diabetes service in primary care. Workforce planners need to include the services of nurse prescribers alongside those of doctors.