Nurse Practitioner Integration: Insights Into the Next Generation of Policy and Research

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1 Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2 Department of Health Policy and Management, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business & Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva, Israel

3 Israel Implementation Science and Policy Engagement Centre, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva, Israel

4 Center for Healthcare Delivery Research and Innovations, School of Nursing, Columbia University, New York City, NY, USA

5 Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, NY, USA

6 Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada



Introduction of the nurse practitioner (NP) role is becoming an increasingly prevalent response around the world to address growing healthcare service and provider shortages (Box 1). Aside from positive patient outcomes associated with NPs,2 their holistic care is well-suited to meet population needs.2 Realizing these outcomes, nevertheless, cannot be achieved by introducing the NP role alone; it relies on successfully integrating NPs into all levels of the health system. ...(Read more...)

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