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Similarly, 38% of patients had an explanation for their symptoms (McKinley & Middleton 1999). Clinical implications suggest that services need to engage with the user agenda but also modernise to offer patients choices in the type of professionals they see. Harrison (2003) undertook a qualitative study on the views of psychiatric patients towards the development of nurse prescribing. Harrison found that mental health patients in the UK offered a cautious view on whether nurses had the required skill and knowledge to undertake the extended role and were concerned that diagnosis and treatment would displace the core nursing activities.

Implementation deficit research Within the overall modernisation of health care, it is important to understand the enhancing and hindering factors for nurse prescribing. Studies looking at district nurses and health visitors who prescribe medication noted the rate and diffusion of prescribing to be variable across different sites (Luker et al. 1997; While & Biggs 2004; Hall et al. 2006). A large UK survey was carried out by Courtenay & Carey (2007) into a Nursing & Midwifery Council database of nurse prescribers (25% of all prescribers); 68% of independent nurse prescribers noted difficulties accessing a prescription pad and agreements to use a prescription pad.

A Healthcare Commission (2007b) report on prescribing in mental health supports this conclusion. Only 43% of nurse prescribers stated that they prescribed on a weekly basis. This could be because of the lack of opportunity to prescribe through poor service contact. One-third of the trusts did not have supporting policy to underpin nurse prescribing. It seems ludicrous to allow nurses who prescribe infrequently to actually prescribe at all. Infrequent prescribing activity should not be confused with not prescribing.

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