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Making a Difference: Nurse Prescribing for Patients With Psoriasis in the United Kingdom

Radley, Kathy

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association: May/June 2013 - Volume 5 - Issue 3 - p 154–158
doi: 10.1097/JDN.0b013e3182932907
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ABSTRACT Although healthcare systems differ in the United Kingdom and United States, the fundamental principles of nursing, to care for and support patients, transcend geography. First-level nurses in the United Kingdom may undertake additional training to become nonmedical prescribers. Psoriasis is a chronic condition affecting around 3% of the U.K. population. Treatments available are topical, phototherapy, or systemic treatments. Topical treatments vary in efficacy, and patients require education and support to self-manage effectively. Nurse prescribers are in a position to provide nursing care and understanding as well as prescribe treatments to support patients in choices and treatments for their skin. This is illustrated in a case study.

Kathy Radley, BSc (hons), RGN, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, Hull, United Kingdom, and Department of Dermatology, Pilgrim Hospital, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Kathy Radley, BSc (hons), RGN, University of Hull, Cottingham Rd., Hull, Yorkshire HU6 7RX, United Kingdom. E-mail:

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