Development and clinical gains of nurse-led medication monitoring profiles
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Medicines management Issue editor: Sue Jordan
Volume 22, Issue 3, pages 331–349, April 2014
How to Cite
2014) Journal of Nursing Management 22, 331–349. Development and clinical gains of nurse-led medication monitoring profiles& . (
- Issue published online: 22 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 23 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 JAN 2013
- Research Capacity Building Collaboration
- Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC)
- adverse drug reaction;
- medication management;
- medication monitoring;
- nursing assessment
This paper reports on the development of an instrument for nurse-led medication monitoring, the West Wales Adverse Drug Reaction profile for respiratory medicines, as part of a strategy to reduce avoidable adverse drug reactions.
Preventable adverse drug reactions account for 3.7% hospital admissions. Nurse-led medication monitoring may reduce drug-related harm. However, development of medication monitoring strategies is not reported elsewhere.
The profile was developed by: (1) cognitive interviews (n = 4), (2) the content validity index (n = 10) involving academics, clinicians and service users prescribed respiratory medicines, (3) inter-rater reliability (n = 48) and clinical gains in a nurse-led outpatient clinic.
Cognitive interviews prompted more profile changes than either the content validity index or inter-rater reliability testing. Cohen's κ for inter-rater reliability for each item ranged from 0.73–1.00 (good to complete agreement). The profile identified previously unsuspected problems in all participants, including muscular weakness, skin and mouth problems.
The West Wales Adverse Drug Reaction profile was valid and reliable, and helped to detect and ameliorate drug-related harm.
Implications for nursing management
The West Wales Adverse Drug Reaction profile offers opportunities to improve care. Medication monitoring provides the structure to concurrently monitor known adverse drug reactions. Practice-based adverse drug reaction profiles benefit from cognitive, content validity and inter-rater reliability testing.