EUPRON: nurses’ practice in interprofessional pharmaceutical care in Europe.

Authors Elyne De Baetselier, Bart Van Rompaey, Luis M da Cunha Batalha, Monica Bergqvist, Bozena Czarkowska-Paczek, Alberto De Santis, Nienke Dijkstra, Maria I Fernandes, Izabela Filov, Vigdis Abrahamsen Grøndahl, Jana Heczkova, Ann Karin Helgesen, Michael Isfort, Susan Jordan, Igor Karnjus, Sarah Keeley, Petros Kolovos, Gero Langer, Manuel Lillo-Crespo, Vera Logan, Alba Malara, Gabriele Meyer, Andras Olah, Hana Padyšáková, Mirko Prosen, Dorina Pusztai, Carolien Sino, Styliani Tziaferi, Elena Ziakova, Tinne Dilles
Published in BMJ Open
Publication date 2020
Type Article


Objectives: Safe pharmaceutical care (PC) requires an interprofessional team approach, involving physicians, nurses and pharmacists. Nurses’ roles however, are not always explicit and clear, complicating interprofessional collaboration. The aim of this study is to describe nurses’ practice and interprofessional collaboration in PC, from the viewpoint of nurses, physicians and pharmacists. Design: A cross-sectional survey. Setting: The study was conducted in 17 European countries, each with their own health systems. Participants: Pharmacists, physicians and nurses with an active role in PC were surveyed. Main outcome measures: Nurses’ involvement in PC, experiences of interprofessional collaboration and communication and views on nurses’ competences. Results: A total of 4888 nurses, 974 physicians and 857 pharmacists from 17 European countries responded. Providing patient education and information (PEI), monitoring medicines adherence (MMA), monitoring adverse/therapeutic effects (ME) and prescribing medicines were considered integral to nursing practice by 78%, 73%, 69% and 15% of nurses, respectively. Most respondents were convinced that quality of PC would be improved by increasing nurses’ involvement in ME (95%), MMA (95%), PEI (91%) and prescribing (53%). Mean scores for the reported quality of collaboration between nurses and physicians, collaboration between nurses and pharmacists and interprofessional communication were respectively <7/10, ≤4/10, <6/10 for all four aspects of PC. Conclusions: ME, MMA, PEI and prescribing are part of nurses’ activities, and most healthcare professionals felt their involvement should be extended. Collaboration between nurses and physicians on PC is limited and between nurses and pharmacists even more.

On this publication contributed

  • Nienke Dijkstra
    Nienke Dijkstra
    • Lecturer-researcher
    • Research group: Innovation in Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology

Language English
Published in BMJ Open
Key words pharmaceutical care, nurses' role, interprofessional collaboration
Digital Object Identifier 10.1136/ bmjopen-2019-036269