Understanding clinical decision making for PRN medication in mental health inpatient facilities

Usher, K., Baker, J.A., and Holmes, C.A. (2010) Understanding clinical decision making for PRN medication in mental health inpatient facilities. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 17 (6). pp. 558-564.

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Abstract

[Extract] The use of PRN (pro re nata) or ‘as needed’ psychotropic medication is a frequent clinical intervention in mental health settings. Additional medicines given PRN are the mainstay of treatment for the reduction of agitation, distress and aggression in inpatient mental health facilities, with either benzodiazepines or antipsychotics often given as the drug of choice (Usher & Luck 2004). However, there is very limited understanding of how mental health practitioners make decisions about the prescribing and administration of PRN psychotropic medications (Baker et al. 2007). This study aimed to explore the clinical team decision-making process associated with the prescription and administration of PRN medication, by analysing responses to two vignettes of clinical situations.

Item ID: 12110
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2850
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2010 03:07
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 50%
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