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Beliefs about medicines among prescribing and non-prescribing nurses in Sweden.

Journal article
Authors Ann-Charlotte Mårdby
Annika Jakobsson
Tove Hedenrud
Published in Journal of Nursing Education and Practice
Volume 4
Issue 8
Pages 153-61
ISSN 1925-4040
Publication year 2014
Published at Institute of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Pages 153-61
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v4n8p153
Keywords Nurses, Prescribing medicines, Beliefs about medicines
Subject categories Social and Clinical Pharmacy

Abstract

Background: The beliefs patients and health care providers have about medicines are important for communication about medicines, which is a central tool for patient-centered care and the quality of care. This study aimed to analyze general beliefs about medicines among prescribing and non-prescribing nurses. Methods: In this cross-sectional study a survey (Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire, socio-demographic factors, years of professional experience and the right to prescribe) was sent to 303 nurses in Region Västra Götaland, Sweden, in 2007 (response rate: 80.5%). Analyses were made with independent t-tests, analyses of variance and linear regressions. Results: The beliefs about medicines among nurse prescribers did not differ from those of non-prescribing nurses. Professional experience was, however, important for harmful beliefs about medicines. Non-prescribing nurses with 16-30 years of professional experience had more harmful beliefs about medicines compared with non-prescribing nurses with less professional experience. Conclusions: It is important to further examine the possible effects of education and professional experience on beliefs among nurses. During the communication between nurses and patients there is a need for increased awareness of the importance of professional experience for beliefs about medicines.

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