AAFP: 72% of Patients Prefer Physicians to NPs

Nurses and physicians are at odds over who is qualified to take the lead in caring for the expected surge of newly insured Americans that will strain primary care providers.

4 comments on "AAFP: 72% of Patients Prefer Physicians to NPs"
sandra.hunt (12/30/2013 at 5:12 PM)

I doubt it. Let's see the survey instrument, methods, and the data.
Beth Brooks (12/21/2013 at 6:25 AM)

Too bad the authors of the study confused medical care with nursing care. Two completely different approaches to patients. A bit like comparing apples to oranges. That and I wonder if the questions were phrased in an objective way ?? Hmmm. Somebody is worried.
Linda T (12/20/2013 at 12:25 PM)

Would love to see the survey. Was it neutral and unbiased in its construction?
Maureen Fields (12/19/2013 at 4:16 PM)

I would suggest that times change and we will find that people will respond very positively to NPs. It was not so long ago that people didn't want to have to have a PCP gatekeeper, didn't want generic perscriptions, didn't want to pre-certify procedures. Today all of those things are seen as routine and totally acceptable. Doctors finally endorsed all of those things and patients' adopted them. Doctors need to enthusiastically endorse NPs, give patients an opportunity to experience NP care and give incentives to use NPs. The survey results will change and patients will be responding negatively to the next "new" thing.


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