New Report Supports NPs’ Role in Resolving America's Primary Care Crisis

With a growing lack of primary care physicians and inadequate access to primary care in rural and medically underserved areas in the United States, increasing numbers of researchers, workforce analysts, and organizations recommend expanding the use of nurse practitioners (NPs) in primary care. In September 2018, the American Enterprise Institute in conjunction with Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, a health care economist and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at Montana State University, released a report entitled "Nurse Practitioners: A Solution to America's Primary Care Crisis." This report describes and integrates new evidence from a research program focused on the primary care workforce, NPs’ role in primary care, and the potential for NPs to help solve the problem of Americans’ access to quality primary care.

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