The level of quality care nurse practitioners provide compared with their physician colleagues in the primary care setting: A systematic review

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  • Background:There is an increasing demand for high-quality primary care providers without adequate supply to meet the need. Nurse practitioners (NPs) are uniquely positioned to fill this demand but influence on regulatory practice authority from concerned groups regarding patient safety and quality of care has delayed this as an effective solution.Objectives:The objective was to address concerns abovt NP-led care by examining evidence regarding patient safety, clinical outcomes, cost, and patient satisfaction that reflect on the ability of NPs to provide high-quality care within the primary care setting and to compare their ability with standard models of care led by physicians.Data sources:A systematic review was completed using PubMed, CINHAL Complete, and Scopus. Using PRISMA guidelines to critique literature and the John's Hopkins Research Evidence Appraisal tool, articles were analyzed comparing the quality of care between NP and physician providers in the primary care setting.Conclusions:A total of 11 articles met the criteria and reveal that NPs provide equal or better quality of care for all outcomes outcomes when compared with their physician colleagues.Implications for practice:Quality patient care provided by NPs in the primary care setting is equal to, and in several cases superior to, that of physicians. Concerns for patient safety and quality care outcomes seem unsupported by data, and state legislatures should continue to grant full practice authority. as an effective source of providing high-quality primary health care.
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  • Barnett M; Balkissoon C; Sandhu J
  • Start Page

  • 457
  • End Page

  • 464
  • Volume

  • 34
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  • 3