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Patel EY, Petemann V, Mark BA
Does state-level nurse practitioner scope-of-practice policy affect access to care?
This study attempts to fill a critical gap between policy reform that grants state-level nurse practitioners (NPs) scope of practice (SOP) and a useful synthesis of empirical studies that assesses the relationship of NP SOP policy to its impact on access to care. Researchers applied Aday and Andersen's Access Framework to operationalize access to care and to map components of access to care that might relate to NP SOP through concepts identified in their review. Their findings suggest that full state-level NP SOP policy is associated with increases in various components of access to care, but that additional work will be required to evaluate causality and underlying mechanisms behind the policy's effect on access.
Citation: Patel EY, Petemann V, Mark BA . Does state-level nurse practitioner scope-of-practice policy affect access to care? West J Nurs Res 2019 Apr;41(4):488-518. doi: 10.1177/0193945918795168..
Keywords: Access to Care, Policy, Provider, Provider: Clinician