As nursing advocate and journalist Suzanne Gordon says, Stand Up for Nursing! Read and support how Nurse Practitioners (NPs) can play a major role in our health care system. Thanks, Lois
What will it take to end the turf war physicians are waging against nurse practitioners? The latest foray is over who should lead patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), only physicians should. They insist that nurse practitioners do not have the knowledge or skills to do so and that expanding the NP’s role in primary care would create a “two-tiered health system,” with patients who are cared for by an NP receiving a lower level of care.
That’s not what the evidence says. Or patients for that matter. Studies consistently find that when care provided by NPs is compared to care provided by physicians, the care is similar as far as prescriptions ordered and referrals made—most important, outcomes are the same.
Well, there is one area where differences keep showing up: patient satisfaction.
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