Survey results showing extensive national support for legislative action and policy proposals were recently released by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The general public advocates the proposals which will give patients greater access to nurse practitioner (NP) care and services. The AANP is the world’s largest professional membership organization for NPs.
The adoption of new care models instrumental in expanding the role of NPs and health care providers could eliminate problems stemming from the expected shortage of primary care physicians over the next decade. These findings were made by the non-profit research organization, RAND Corporation. The AANP’s results on the role of NPs in the changing American health care landscape were made at Washington, D.C’s National Press Club.
Important Statistical Data from the Findings Include:
- Among those polled, a large majority of this sample backs legislative policy which provides patients with an easier avenue to choose NPs as their health care providers. 70% support policy that will terminate barriers which prevent patients from choosing NPs. 72% of those who have already received care from an NP also back the legislation, with 55% of those strongly advocating the passage of such policies.
- Strong support for Medicare allowing NPs to provide more services was favored by a two-thirds majority. Among those polled, 85% supported a proposal under Medicare which would allow NPs to expand to long-term care, home care and other services. Strong support for such a proposal came from 67% with the highest level of support among those who reported previously seeing an NP.
- The restriction of NPs having to work only under physician supervision should be removed, according to a large majority of those polled. The ability of NPs to prescribe medications and order diagnostic testing without the supervision of a physician is supported by 62%. Key demographics were a non-factor in this issue as support for the removal of such restrictions was high.
- Respondents in the poll were widely familiar with NPs. 80% were either treated by an NP or knew of someone who was. 53% reported a family member having seen an NP. As far as personal experience with an NP, this holds true across demographics; familiarity across gender, region and education was reported at over 60%
A Washington, D.C.- based polling firm called the Mellman Group conducted the national survey of 1,000 adults via telephone from September 12th – 15th, 2013 and released the findings in November.
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