SDW news brief: APRNs provide care equal to doctors, review concludes

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 12, 2011

Advanced practice nurses can provide care with patient outcomes that are at least as good as, and in some cases better than, care provided by physicians, according to a literature review by Johns Hopkins researchers.

"The results indicate APRNs provide effective and high-quality patient care, have an important role in improving the quality of patient care in the United States," wrote Julie Stanik-Hutt, associate professor of nursing at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues.

That recognition "could help address concerns about whether care provided by APRNs can safely augment the physician supply to support reform efforts aimed at expanding access to care."

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Source: HealthLeaders Media

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