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Nurses' self-reported medication competence in relation to their pharmacovigilant activities in clinical practice.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI).
2015 (English)In: Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, ISSN 1356-1294, E-ISSN 1365-2753, Vol. 21, no 1, 145-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) represent a major health problem and previous studies show that nurses can have an active role in promoting medication safety. The aim of this study was to describe and evaluate nurses' self-reported competence and pharmacovigilant activities in clinical practice and also to explore the impact of age, education, workplace and nursing experience on these matters.

METHODS: This cross-sectional study was based on a questionnaire covering areas related to nurses' medication competence, including knowledge, assessment and information retrieval, and pharmacovigilant activities within these areas, for example, the detection and assessment of ADRs. A 45-item questionnaire was 2013 sent out to 296 nurses in different settings and counties in Sweden. They were selected on the basis of having applied to a university course including pharmacovigilance during 2008-2011. One hundred twenty-four had participated in the courses (exposed) and 172 had applied to the courses but not participated (unexposed).

RESULTS: Completed questionnaires were obtained from 75 exposed (60%) and 93 unexposed (54%) nurses. Overall nurses rated themselves high in medication competence but low in pharmacovigilant activities. Significant (P ≤ 0.001) differences between groups were observed regarding medication competence. The exposure of completed dedicated courses in pharmacovigilance was the strongest factor for self-reported medication competence when adjusted for age, other education, workplace and experience. No significant differences between the groups were found regarding the number of pharmacovigilant activities during the 6 months prior to answering the questionnaire.

CONCLUSION: Dedicated university courses improved nurses' self-reported competence in pharmacovigilance but did not increase the number of related activities. Education per se seems to be not sufficient to generate pharmacovigilant activities among nurses.

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2015. Vol. 21, no 1, 145-152 p.
Keyword [en]
education; medication management; nurse; patient safety; pharmacology; pharmacovigilance
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Pharmaceutical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112151DOI: 10.1111/jep.12263ISI: 000350447800021PubMedID: 25327625OAI: diva2:779098
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-04-07Bibliographically approved

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