An Evaluation of the Expansion of Nurse Prescribing in Scotland

Nurse prescribers in Scotland can now prescribe a range of controlled drugs for specific medical conditions. This research project which is summarised below provides an evaluation of the extension of nurse prescribing following the introduction of new legislation in 2001.

Andrew Watterson, Fiona Turner, Alison Coull, Ian Murray
Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Stirling
Nick Boreham Institute of Education, University of Stirling
Scottish Government Social Research


We would like to acknowledge the contribution that a number of people and organisations made to the report, including Information Services Division ( ISD) and our survey company, in terms of providing information and advice. We would like to thank all those nurse prescribers, health professionals, stakeholders and others who gave up their time to talk to us. Our in-house and lay steering group proved invaluable: Mike Wilson for University of Stirling provided statistical support and analysis for us during the preparation of the report. Fraser Boxall, a service user member of the research advisory group, Sarah Annesley University of Stirling, Nicola Ring University of Stirling, and Sheena Williamson University of Stirling provided excellent ideas and constructive observations. Our Research Advisory Group proved very supportive and our clerical and administrative team were remarkably patient and efficient.


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