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Family Physicians Rap 'Stopgap' Use of Nurse Practitioners



Advocating "independent practice by a single health professional," namely nurse practitioners in place of physicians, "flies in the face" of studies supporting the cost-effectiveness and quality outcomes of the physician-led care team approach, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.



2 comments on "Family Physicians Rap 'Stopgap' Use of Nurse Practitioners"
Dee Swanson DNP FNP (9/25/2012 at 12:55 PM)

There is no data or research that documents the need for the length of time that a physician must study before becoming competent to provide primary care. The is more than ample data that supports the safety and competence of NPs as providers of primary care. This is about power, control, turf and money as it always is with physicians.
Dr Reg Broekmann (9/25/2012 at 3:21 AM)

In South Africa we are piloting a new PHC system in which PHC nurses are connected to a designated Family Health Practitioner via a sophisticated communication system. Clinical discussions result in learning and improvement on PHC nurse competence and referrals are authorised by the Family Health Practitioner. The FHP then can monitor the progress of each referral and will give feedback to the PHC Nurse on the final diagnosis and treatment - another learning experience.