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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Kandrack R, Barnes H, Martsolf GR
Nurse practitioner scope of practice regulations and nurse practitioner supply.
This study’s objective was to estimate associations between adopting full nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice (SOP) and improved access to care. The authors used county-level data to estimate the association between adopting full NP SOP and NP supply in general, and in rural and health professional shortage area-designed counties specifically. They estimated positive associations, although the relationship was only statistically significant in health professional shortage areas.
Citation: Kandrack R, Barnes H, Martsolf GR . Nurse practitioner scope of practice regulations and nurse practitioner supply. Med Care Res Rev 2021 Jun;78(3):208-17. doi: 10.1177/1077558719888424..
Keywords: Provider: Nurse, Provider: Clinician, Workforce, Policy
Mark BA, Patel E
Nurse practitioner scope of practice: what do we know and where do we go?
This article discusses how state-level nurse practitioner (NP) scope of practice (SOP) policies effect access to primary care. In states where SOP policies became less restrictive, patients reported better access to healthcare including increased availability of appointments, greater checkup utilization, decreased emergency visits for ambulatory care, and decreased administrative burden for physicians. There have been a number of studies in states that have restrictive NP SOP policies, and they do not improve quality of care. It was found that states that still had restrictive policies tended to have more political pressure by physician groups than those states and repealed it.
Citation: Mark BA, Patel E . Nurse practitioner scope of practice: what do we know and where do we go? West J Nurs Res 2019 Apr;41(4):483-87. doi: 10.1177/0193945918820338..
Keywords: Policy, Primary Care, Provider: Nurse, Provider: Clinician, Provider