More Patients Seeing Nonphysician Clinicians Study Says

  1. 1/13/03
    The proportion of patients seen by nonphysicians increased to 36.1% in 1997 from 30.6% in 1987, a trend fueled by the emergence of managed care and state legislation to expand the scope of practice for such clinicians according to report, "Trends in Care by Nonphysician Clinicians in the United States", posted in the January issue of New England Journal of Medicine.

    At least part of the increase was due to a jump in the number of patients who visited both a physician and a nonphysician clinician, the study said. It also noted an increase in the proportion of patients obtaining preventive services from nonphysician clinicians and a decline in the proportion receiving acute-care services from such clinicians.

    For more on the report, go to http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/348/2/130.
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