Primary care outcomes in patients treated by nurse practitioners or physicians: Two-year follow-up

Elizabeth R. Lenz, Mary O.Neil Mundinger, Robert L. Kane, Sarah C. Hopkins, Susan X. Lin

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Abstract

This study reports results of the 2-year follow-up phase of a randomized study comparing outcomes of patients assigned to a nurse practitioner or a physician primary care practice. In the sample of 406 adults, no differences were found between the groups in health status, disease-specific physiologic measures, satisfaction or use of specialist, emergency room or inpatient services. Physician patients averaged more primary care visits than nurse practitioner patients. The results are consistent with the 6-month findings and with a growing body of evidence that the quality of primary care delivered by n urse practitioners is equivalent to that by physicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-351
Number of pages20
JournalMedical Care Research and Review
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

Keywords

  • Comparative study
  • Health services research
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Outcomes assessment
  • Primary health care/standards

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