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Debating mental health nurses’ role in medicines management

Hemingway, Steve; Snowden, Austyn


Steve Hemingway


This article delineates concordance and adherence; two fundamental positions pertaining to the role of the nurse in medicine management. Taking the form of a debate, it uses mental health nursing to describe the role and function of concordance and adherence in practice. Each author presents their case and responds briefly to the other in order to show why they see the adoption of one term or another as central to medicines interventions with the patient. The purpose of the paper is to encourage readers to consider their own position in relation to this important debate.


Hemingway, S., & Snowden, A. (2012). Debating mental health nurses’ role in medicines management. British Journal of Nursing, 21, 1219-1223.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Aug 19, 2015
Print ISSN 0966-0461
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Pages 1219-1223
Keywords Medicines management; Adherence Concordance Choice; Mental health nursing;
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