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Professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing: part 1: professional.

Gould, Jill; Bain, Heather


Jill Gould

Heather Bain


Prescribing by nurses and midwives continues to expand and has consistently been evaluated as safe and effective. This article is part one of two exploring the core professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing. Reference is made to a contemporary prescribing model, RAPID-CASE, devised by the authors to demonstrate the application of key prescribing practice principles. The importance of a structured approach is demonstrated with reference to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society competency framework for all prescribers, applicable legislation and underpinning ethical principles. This first article identifies the main professional dimensions of prescribing practice, while the second article focuses on the legal and ethical aspects.


GOULD, J. and BAIN, H. 2022. Professional, legal and ethical dimensions of prescribing: part 1: professional. Primary health care [online], 32(6), pages 20-26. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 14, 2022
Online Publication Date Jun 22, 2022
Publication Date Nov 28, 2022
Deposit Date Jun 22, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 23, 2022
Journal Primary health care
Print ISSN 0264-5033
Electronic ISSN 2047-900X
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 6
Pages 20-26
Keywords Clinical; Community; District nurses; General practice; Medicines; Nurse prescribing; Prescribing; Prescription medicines; Primary care
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