Non-medical prescribing in prostate cancer care: a case study reflection

Catherine Paterson (Lead / Corresponding author), Ghulam Nabi

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    There are approximately 54000 nurse and midwife prescribers across the United Kingdom (UK), with 19000 nurse independent and supplementary prescribers. Prostate cancer specialist nurses are ideally suited to implement advanced levels of practice in non-medical prescribing, but little has been detailed in the literature about the prescribing practice in this clinical context. This paper set out to critically review evidence-based recommendations for Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses using a case study reflection to contextualize the role of non-medical prescribing. A structured literature review was conducted in a range of electronic databases (DARE, Cochrane, MEDLINE, BNI, PsychINFO, EMBASE and CIHAHL), and a grey literature search in google, to identify studies employing a qualitative and/or quantitative methods. National (UK) and European clinical guidelines and legislative frameworks were also included. Methodological evaluation was conducted and evidence-based recommendations were integrated into a narrative synthesis. A multidisciplinary and proactive approach to the management of men with metastatic prostate cancer ensures safe and effective prescribing practice, and optimizes supportive care delivery. A reflective case study has illuminated the key features necessary to maximize the success of non-medical prescribing in prostate cancer care and captures the importance of good working relationships. While different practice models will emerge, the Prostate Cancer Model of Consultation may facilitate a structured framework for safe practice, embedded in effective communication strategies. Non-medical prescribers must be committed to continual professional development, and prescribe safely within individual competencies and scope of professional practice. There is a pressing need for further research to evaluate prescribing practices with a particular focus on the nature of influencing factors on prescribing decisions, cost-effectiveness and a more detailed understanding of how team working and inter-team referral affects prescribing decisions between the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) members.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)106-117
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Urological Nursing
    Issue number2
    Early online date20 Sept 2016
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


    • Advanced nurse practitioners
    • Advanced nursing practice
    • Competencies
    • Education
    • Pharmacology
    • Prostate cancer

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nephrology
    • Urology
    • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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