NURSES AND DOCTORS
NURSES AND DOCTORS COMPARE FAVORABLY FOR ROUTINE CARE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Nurse practitioners and other advanced care nurses are seen more and more often in solo practice or managing clinics. Should you worry about the care you're receiving from them? No, says Julie Stanick-Hutt, one author of a recent Johns Hopkins study comparing care delivered by physicians and advanced care nurses.
STANICK-HUTT: What we found was that when compared to our physician colleagues, who do work which is very similar to what these advanced educated nurses do, the quality of care, the effects that were seen in these patients that these nurses were taking care of, were very very comparable. So I think the take home message is nurses with advanced training have something to offer in providing healthcare, to help fill gaps where there are shortages of physicians, but that they also come and practice in a little bit different way than physicians do and all's the better. :35
At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.