What is it about?

To explore the characteristics of prescribing activity of common drugs dispensed by community pharmacies in Scotland by prescribing groups of general practitioners, nurses, pharmacist and allied health professionals. Specifically, to compare overall drug prescribing frequency by prescriber group and identify emergent prescribing patterns of individual drugs.

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Why is it important?

Changes in patient and workforce demographics have resulted in redesign of traditional healthcare delivery policy to meet the challenges of contemporary practice. Exploring the characteristics of primary care prescribing is pivotal to understanding how non-medical prescribers are using their qualification and inform where future role development, research and resources should be focussed.


This study emerged from the depth of data available within Public Health Scotland and the observations of the authors- as independent nurse prescribers and educators- of the recurring prescriptions of certain medications.

Dr Sonya MacVicar
Edinburgh Napier University

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This page is a summary of: Characteristics of prescribing activity within primary care in Scotland 2013–2022 of general practitioners, nurse, pharmacist and allied health prescribers: A retrospective cross‐sectional study, Journal of Advanced Nursing, March 2023, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jan.15658.
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