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Staff perceptions of PRN medication in a residential care setting

Daniel Robert Stubbings (Department of Applied Psychology, School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)
Kyle Hughes (Department of Applied Psychology, School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)
Caroline Limbert (Department of Applied Psychology, School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 3 October 2019

Issue publication date: 16 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the perceptions of staff towards psychotropic Pro Re Nata (PRN) medication in a residential care setting.

Design/methodology/approach

Three male and seven female participants were interviewed using a semi-structured interview. Transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis.

Findings

Four themes pertaining to PRN medication emerged from the data: behaviour change, calming effect, importance of timing and perceived uniqueness.

Research limitations/implications

The participant group was not homogenous and findings may have been different in a more qualified cohort. This care setting may not be representative of other environments where PRN medication is administered. The findings do, however, highlight some of the challenges facing the administration of PRN medication in mental health and care settings.

Practical implications

The awareness of these themes is significant for improving staff knowledge, training practices and policies towards the use and administration of psychotropic PRN medication.

Originality/value

This is the first study to engage in a thematic analysis of staff views towards the administration of PRN medication.

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Citation

Stubbings, D.R., Hughes, K. and Limbert, C. (2019), "Staff perceptions of PRN medication in a residential care setting", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 14 No. 6, pp. 469-479. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-10-2018-0059

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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