Covert medication administration: the practice of hiding medications in long-term care settings.
Covert medication administration is the purposeful hiding of medications from patients, and the topic receives little attention. Awareness and research regarding this practice is limited to a handful of studies outside of the United States. These studies suggest a larger prevalence than reported and identify significant ethical and legal implications for bedside nurses. A review of the literature, discussion of prevalence, contributing factors, and potential consequences of this practice build the foundation for practice recommendations and suggestions for future research. In addition to recommendations for nurses regarding covert medication administration, additional research and exploration of this issue in the United States are proposed.
Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. Helenfirstname.lastname@example.org
SourceJournal of gerontological nursing 38:8 2012 Aug pg 14-20
Education, Nursing, Continuing
Guidelines as Topic
Pub Type(s)Journal Article