Background: The importance of quality and safety in repeat prescribing is well documented, but few studies have examined how practices manage urgent requests for repeat prescriptions and why patients require them urgently. Methods: Twenty practice staff (receptionists, practice managers, general practitioners, practice nurse) from 10 general practices participated in semi-structured interviews, which were audio-recorded, transcribed and analysed thematically. Results: Requests for same-day appointments for patients needing repeat prescriptions emerged as problematic for most clinics in our study. Reasons included convenience, lost prescriptions and running out of medication. Clinics gave patients appointments, left prescriptions for collection at reception or ran prescription clinics. A need emerged for GPs to support individual clinic policy on repeat prescriptions. Discussion: Many urgent requests for repeat prescriptions are avoidable. Improvements are needed in the way repeat prescriptions are managed, pointing to a closer examination of general practice systems, the role of practice staff, pharmacists and patients.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Australian Family Physician|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2014|
- General practice
- Patient education