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Nurse Practitioners, PAs No More Wasteful Than Physicians

Thursday, June 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Forbes on line  6/20/16 

Nurse Practitioners, PAs No More Wasteful Than Physicians

"When it comes to providing wasteful medical care and treatments to their patients, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are “no worse” than physicians, according to a new study.

UCLA and Harvard Medical School researchers say their analysis dispels commonly held beliefs among physicians that “advanced-practice clinicians” provide lesser-quality care than doctors while ordering up more unneeded care like X-rays or unnecessary antibiotics. The study, which compares care of doctors to nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs), is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Contrary to physician perceptions, [advanced-practice clinicians] provide an equivalent amount of low-value care where the risk of harm is greater than the benefit,” Dr. John Mafi, assistant professor of internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the study’s lead author, said in an interview."

Read full article here:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2016/06/20/nurse-practitioners-pas-no-more-wasteful-than-physicians/#6c4bb2627a3e


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