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Patients' views and experiences of pro re nata medication in acute mental health settings


Cleary, M and Horsfall, J and Jackson, D and O'Hara-Aarons, M and Hunt, GE, Patients' views and experiences of pro re nata medication in acute mental health settings, International journal of mental health nursing, 21, (6) pp. 533-9. ISSN 1445-8330 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00814.x


In the present study, we interviewed 40 patients in acute inpatient mental health settings regarding their experience of, and views about, receiving pro re nata (PRN) medication. Patient requests for PRN were primarily to relieve anxiety or to aid sleep, and the majority of the participants (80%) could describe a situation where this medication was very helpful. From the perspective of patients, interactions surrounding the immediate administration of PRN medication were inadequate, in that half of the interviewees were simply told to take the medication, and three-quarters said that, in their experience, formal consent was not commonly sought. Three-quarters of respondents came up with alternatives to PRN, and half wanted more information about the medication itself. These findings could contribute to improved nursing assessment for PRN medication need, administration, and monitoring.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:anxiety;consent;patient;pro re nata medication;psychotropic medication;psychotropic side-effect
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:107555
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-18
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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