Hemingway, Steve (2014) Medication management in mental health: nurses’ perceptions of their work with service users and carers. Mental Health Nursing, 34 (6). pp. 18-23. ISSN 2043-7501

Aim: This study aimed to ascertain registered mental health nurses’ perceptions of their role involving medication management interventions with clients and their carers. Medicine-related interventions include administration, assessment of therapeutic effect potential side-effects education, liaison with service users and influence in prescribing decisions.
Design and methods: The study used a qualitative design. Ten registered nurses were interviewed.
Findings: Three themes were identified all related to the nurse context of work, role and client and carer need: improved dialogue, information and education, and adherence issues.
Practice implications: Nurses use their clinical expertise in medication management to help achieve optimum therapeutic outcomes.

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