Are we making best use of nurse practitioners and physicians?

Susan Carr susancarr at PSQH.COM
Fri Dec 5 23:21:37 UTC 2014

In a post on, Han Duvefelt, MD, wonders if physicians' diagnostic abilities are going to waste as they spend more and more time managing population health.

Duvefelt observes that in the current system, nurse practitioners often face "unsorted clientele in 'sick call'" and challenging diagnostic puzzles, while physicians treat patients with non-urgent chronic conditions and focus on following prescribed care plans and meeting guidelines. That role reversal doesn't take best advantage of either profession's training and expertise. Your thoughts? 


Susan Carr
Newsletter Editor, SIDM
Editor, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
susan_carr at
Concord, MA

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