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How acceptable are primary health care nurse practitioners to Australian consumers?

Parker, Rhian; Forrest, Laura; Ward, Nathaniel; McCracken, James; Cox, Darlene; Derrett, Julie

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International evidence indicates that nurses working in primary care can provide effective care and achieve positive health outcomes for patients similar to that provided by doctors. Nurse practitioners employed in primary health care perform some tasks previously exclusive to the GP role due to their advanced skills, knowledge and training. In November 2010 Medicare provider rights and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme rights were provided for nurse practitioners working in private practice, and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorParker, Rhian
dc.contributor.authorForrest, Laura
dc.contributor.authorWard, Nathaniel
dc.contributor.authorMcCracken, James
dc.contributor.authorCox, Darlene
dc.contributor.authorDerrett, Julie
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:19:10Z
dc.identifier.issn1322-7696
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/71661
dc.description.abstractInternational evidence indicates that nurses working in primary care can provide effective care and achieve positive health outcomes for patients similar to that provided by doctors. Nurse practitioners employed in primary health care perform some tasks previously exclusive to the GP role due to their advanced skills, knowledge and training. In November 2010 Medicare provider rights and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme rights were provided for nurse practitioners working in private practice, and in collaboration with a medical practitioner. However, there is limited evidence about how acceptable nurse practitioners are to Australian consumers and what knowledge consumers have of the nurse practitioner role in the delivery of primary health care. The aim of this study was to examine Australian health care consumers' perceptions of nurse practitioners working in primary health care. This paper reports on the results of seven focus groups (n=77 participants) conducted around Australia. Focus groups participants were asked how acceptable nurse practitioners are as provides of primary health care. Although there was some confusion about the role of nurse practitioners and how this role differed from other primary health care nurses, participants in the focus groups were very positive about nurse practitioners and would find them acceptable in providing primary health care.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceCollegian
dc.subjectKeywords: adult; article; Australia; clinical competence; female; human; information processing; male; middle aged; multicenter study; nurse attitude; nurse patient relationship; nurse practitioner; patient attitude; patient preference; primary health care; Adult; Acceptability; Consumers; Nurse practitioner; Primary health care
dc.titleHow acceptable are primary health care nurse practitioners to Australian consumers?
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume20
dc.date.issued2013
local.identifier.absfor111000 - NURSING
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB2819
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationParker, Rhian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationForrest, Laura, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationWard, Nathaniel, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMcCracken, James, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationCox, Darlene, Health Care Consumers Association ACT
local.contributor.affiliationDerrett, Julie, Health Care Consumers Association ACT
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage35
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage41
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.colegn.2012.03.001
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:02:45Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84875261541
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