Evaluation of PRN Effectiveness
Chad Draper, RN, CMHPN(c); Jacqueline Watt, RN; Larry Silk, BA, Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre, Ontario, Canada
The PRN Effectiveness Checklist was developed by interdisciplinary clinicians as a result of the inconsistent reporting and assessment on the effectiveness of PRN medications. Traditionally, PRN medications are provided to clients as needed for the treatment of anxiety, behavior or other mental health needs (along with pain and
other medical conditions). This tool has improved client outcomes through the reduction of unnecessary ineffective PRN’s by providing a more thorough assessment of the effectiveness of PRN medications. Subjective and ambiguous language has been eliminated. A definition of the client’s normal presentation or baseline behavioral profile promotes a meaningful and accurate evaluation of the efficacy of the PRN. To date, this tool is proving to be an invaluable measure of clinical practice.