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Medicines optimisation

01 April 2013

Primary Health Care

Art & Science

In January 2012 the Royal College of Nursing’s advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) forum started a project to involve patients in prescribing decisions. It was evident...

Medicines optimisation: priorities and challenges

23 March 2016

Nursing Standard


Medicines optimisation is promoted in a guideline published in 2015 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Four guiding principles underpin...

Nurse-led medicines monitoring: a study examining the effects of the West Wales Adverse Drug Reaction Profile

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Aim Aim The physical health of people with mental health conditions is often suboptimal, and in many cases this may be related to their prescription medicines. One...

Considering patient experience and evidence-based choice of medicines in medicines optimisation

14 June 2017

Nursing Standard


Medicines optimisation can be used by healthcare professionals to support patients to gain maximum benefit from their medicines, with two of the main principles...

Methods of contraception: the nurse’s role in providing care and advice

22 November 2017

Nursing Standard


Most women require contraception during their reproductive years, and many methods are available. Women should have access to all of these methods and be encouraged...

Administering and monitoring high-alert medications in acute care

19 July 2017

Nursing Standard

Evidence & practice

The nurse’s primary role in the medication process is to ensure that drugs are administered safely to patients, thus reducing the risk of unnecessary harm or injury....

Undertaking an oral contraceptive pill review

27 September 2017

Nursing Standard


This article provides nurses with an understanding of the process for undertaking an annual oral contraceptive pill review effectively. This is commonly referred to...