Professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Part 1: professional
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Professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Part 1: professional

Jill Gould Senior lecturer, College of Health, Psychology and Social Care, School of Nursing and Professional Practice, University of Derby, Derby, England
Heather Bain Academic strategic lead: learning, teaching and assessment, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise that accountable and safe prescribing is based on accurate and comprehensive assessment

  • To understand the professional dimensions of prescribing practice with reference to a contemporary prescribing model

  • To identify the importance of a structured and evidence-based approach to prescribing

Prescribing by nurses and midwives continues to expand and has consistently been evaluated as safe and effective. This article is part one of two exploring the core professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Reference is made to a contemporary prescribing model, RAPID-CASE, devised by the authors to demonstrate the application of key prescribing practice principles. The importance of a structured approach is demonstrated with reference to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society competency framework for all prescribers, applicable legislation and underpinning ethical principles. This first article identifies the main professional dimensions of prescribing practice, while the second article focuses on the legal and ethical aspects.

Primary Health Care. 32, 6, 20-26. doi: 10.7748/phc.2022.e1773

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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Gould J, Bain H (2022) Professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Part 1: professional. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2022.e1773

Published online: 22 June 2022

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