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Comparison of the work of a nurse practitioner with that of a general practitioner.

Authors
  • Salisbury, C J
  • Tettersell, M J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1988
Volume
38
Issue
312
Pages
314–316
Identifiers
PMID: 3255828
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The work of a nurse practitioner was compared with that of a general practitioner. Both were equally available to the same patient population over the same period. The nurse practitioner saw a similar age and sex distribution of patients to the doctor but saw different types of problems. More of the patients she saw were for followup of chronic diseases, health advice and screening measures while fewer were acutely ill. The doctor dealt with four times as many patients. The nurse practitioner managed 78% of her consultations without referral to a doctor, and 89% without resorting to prescribed drugs. There was a high level of patient satisfaction with her work and 97% of the patients who saw the nurse would choose to consult her again. The role of the nurse practitioner in our practice has developed differently from a similar post in another setting, thus emphasizing the need for flexibility when defining the role.Nurse practitioners are a valuable extra resource for the development of new areas of care, rather than a cheaper substitute for a general practitioner.

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