What is it about?

The BNF and BNF for Children app gives fast access to trusted information about medicines. This practical guide is to help healthcare professionals use the app better. It starts by looking at how to get around the app. Then, it looks at features that support safe prescribing, using examples to make them clearer.

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Why is it important?

Growing their skills to use the BNF and BNF for Children app helps prescribers to make the most of the information in it, which supports safe prescribing. The app has strengths over the BNF and BNF for Children books. The main strength is that it is updated every month. It is important that prescribers have up to date information, so they can work with patients to use medicines safely.


Healthcare professionals rely on BNF publications to get information about medicines. I advise using the BNF app or BNF Online, as they are updated monthly. The app is more flexible because it's mobile and works offline. It contains a wealth of information but sometimes you need to know what is in there to find it! I've written this guide to help busy prescribers to get the most from the BNF app.

Sally Porter
University of York

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This page is a summary of: Using the British National Formulary app to support safe prescribing: a practical guide, Journal of Prescribing Practice, October 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/jprp.2022.4.10.440.
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