Use of Accelerated Laboratory Evaluation by Extended Nurse Prescribers: A tool to improve practice?

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dc.contributor.author Cameron, Marie en
dc.coverage.spatial Dublin, Ireland en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-11T23:21:04Z en
dc.date.issued 2007-11-08 en
dc.identifier.citation 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming Healthcare Through Research, Education & Technology. 08 Nov 2007 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/17096 en
dc.description.abstract Bacground – Because of the link between inappropriate antibiotic prescribing and antibiotic resistance, several strategies have been implemented to decrease inappropriate prescribing and improve prescribing practices. As 80% of antibiotic prescribing takes place in primary care, this area has often been the focus of these attempts. An example of such a strategy is the Accelerated Bacteriological Laboratory Evaluation (ABLE) service in Grampian, which provides an overnight microbiology results service. Aim - To describe the knowledge and use of the Accelerated Bacteriological Laboratory Evaluation (ABLE) service by Extended Nurse Prescribers in Grampian (UK). Methodology – Quantitative - Anonymous, self-completed, postal questionnaire of all regional Extended Nurse Prescribers, informed by a preliminary content-setting focus group. Analysis – Descriptive statistics (thematic analysis of focus group). Key Findings – Response rate was 74% (35/47) and 57% (20) of respondents were practice nurses. Eighty nine percent (31) of respondents knew about the ABLE service, and 88% (30) had used it, with 73% (22) using it often. Over half of respondents (55%) stated that they had insufficient information to allow them to make best use of the service. The main barrier to ABLE use was difficulty accessing results (50%/6). The main motivator for ABLE use was the desire to prescribe the correct antibiotic (71%/17). Conclusions – Although the majority of respondents were aware of the ABLE service and have used it, more information at more regular intervals is needed to encourage maximal use. Respondents were more likely to use the service for some conditions than others. Inclusion of information about ABLE in the Extended Nurse Prescribing course followed by regular postal and/or electronic reminders/updates would be preferred. These changes and the expansion of accelerated laboratory evaluation nationwide may help to reduce and improve prescribing practices. en
dc.relation.ispartof 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference: Transforming Healthcare Through Research, Education & Technology en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Proceedings of the 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference en
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dc.title Use of Accelerated Laboratory Evaluation by Extended Nurse Prescribers: A tool to improve practice? en
dc.type Conference Poster en
pubs.begin-page 124 en
pubs.author-url http://www.nursing-midwifery.tcd.ie/events-conferences/annual-conference/annual-research-archives.php#arc2007 en
pubs.end-page 125 en
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pubs.elements-id 187959 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-11-29 en


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