Are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Communicating With Their Patients About Over-the-Counter Medications and Herbal Products?

2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/153533
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Communicating With Their Patients About Over-the-Counter Medications and Herbal Products?
Abstract:
Are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Communicating With Their Patients About Over-the-Counter Medications and Herbal Products?
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Waszak, Louise Carol, PhD, CRNP, APRN, BC
P.I. Institution Name:University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing
Title:Assistant Professor
OBJECTIVES: This study is to determine the communication patterns between Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and their patients regarding OTC and herbal product use and to determine the APRNs information needs for these products. DESIGN: 300 surveys were mailed to APRN in primary care settings. SAMPLE: The 123 APRNs responding to the survey averaged 16.7 years of nursing experience and 10 years as an APRN. The average number a patient encounters per day was 11.5-25. FINDINGS: 74% of the APRNs reported asking their patients about OTC use but only 35% inquired about herbal product use. Most common OTCs discussed were acetaminophen (96%) ibuprofen (64%), multivitamins (60%), psuedonephrine (40%) and diphenhydramine (40%). Most commonly discussed herbal products were Ginseng (15%), glucosamine and chondroitin (14%), Echinacea (13%), St. John’s Wort (9%) and Ginkgo biloba (9%). 75% of the APRNs rated their knowledge of OTCs as good to excellent while 86% believed they only have a fair to poor understanding of herbal products. For OTC information APRNs used professional journals (65%), books (52%) and newsletters (35%) as references indicating an 83% satisfaction rate with the information as suitable for patient education. Journals (43%), Internet sites (26%) and books (22%) were used as resources for herbal products with only a 26% satisfaction rate for patient education indicating the need for more information on herbal-drug and herbal-food interactions. Continuing education programs (48%) and journal articles (43%) were highly preferred for receiving the most current information on OTCs and herbals as compared newsletters (17%) and Internet nursing listservs (4%). CONCLUSION: The findings indicate that APRNs must be educated to discuss OTCs and herbal products with their patients. In addition, timely updates on both OTCs and herbals need to be readily accessible in order for the APRN to provide education on the safe use of these products.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAre Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Communicating With Their Patients About Over-the-Counter Medications and Herbal Products?en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153533-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Communicating With Their Patients About Over-the-Counter Medications and Herbal Products?</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Waszak, Louise Carol, PhD, CRNP, APRN, BC</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lcwaszak@pitt.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">OBJECTIVES: This study is to determine the communication patterns between Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and their patients regarding OTC and herbal product use and to determine the APRNs information needs for these products. DESIGN: 300 surveys were mailed to APRN in primary care settings. SAMPLE: The 123 APRNs responding to the survey averaged 16.7 years of nursing experience and 10 years as an APRN. The average number a patient encounters per day was 11.5-25. FINDINGS: 74% of the APRNs reported asking their patients about OTC use but only 35% inquired about herbal product use. Most common OTCs discussed were acetaminophen (96%) ibuprofen (64%), multivitamins (60%), psuedonephrine (40%) and diphenhydramine (40%). Most commonly discussed herbal products were Ginseng (15%), glucosamine and chondroitin (14%), Echinacea (13%), St. John&rsquo;s Wort (9%) and Ginkgo biloba (9%). 75% of the APRNs rated their knowledge of OTCs as good to excellent while 86% believed they only have a fair to poor understanding of herbal products. For OTC information APRNs used professional journals (65%), books (52%) and newsletters (35%) as references indicating an 83% satisfaction rate with the information as suitable for patient education. Journals (43%), Internet sites (26%) and books (22%) were used as resources for herbal products with only a 26% satisfaction rate for patient education indicating the need for more information on herbal-drug and herbal-food interactions. Continuing education programs (48%) and journal articles (43%) were highly preferred for receiving the most current information on OTCs and herbals as compared newsletters (17%) and Internet nursing listservs (4%). CONCLUSION: The findings indicate that APRNs must be educated to discuss OTCs and herbal products with their patients. In addition, timely updates on both OTCs and herbals need to be readily accessible in order for the APRN to provide education on the safe use of these products.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:20:15Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:20:15Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
All Items in this repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.