Nurse practitioners should not be considered a cheap alternative to GPs, a landmark study has reported.
A comprehensive review of worldwide research on nurse practitioners working in primary care has shown they are successful at delivering quality care to patients requesting same-day appointments for minor ailments.
But the report, funded by the DoH and published by the BMJ (2002; 324: 819-23), said it was dangerous to think this meant they 'could substitute GPs entirely'.
The analysis of 34 studies found patients were more satisfied with the care delivered by nurse practitioners than by doctors and there was no difference in health outcomes. …