Pharmacists prescribing: A professional restratification or a back to the future scenario?

Audrey S Paterson* (Corresponding Author)

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Substantial effort has been applied to researching government initiatives aimed at increasing efficiency and cost effectiveness within the UK healthcare system, particularly in terms of medical practice. However, little attention has been paid to the impact of these on the boundaries of authority within the setting of hospital pharmacies. This paper utilises the sociology of the professions to analyse and report on hospital pharmacist prescribing in Scotland. The findings indicate a reduction in the authority of the medical profession and that medical practice can be subjected to rationalisation in the same way as other occupations which is of sociological importance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-74
Number of pages21
JournalFinancial Accountability & Management
Issue number1
Early online date31 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2021

Bibliographical note

DATA AVAILABILITY STATEMENT The data that support the findings of this study are available on request from the corresponding author. The data arenot publicly available due to privacy or ethical restrictions.


  • hospital prescribing
  • medical jurisdiction
  • rationalisation
  • professional status
  • rationalization


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