Current Contribution of Physicians, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Physician Assistants to the Rural Primary Care Workforce
Methods: This is a two-year study that began in September 2010. The study team currently is surveying 10,000 rural NP, PA and physician primary care providers in thirteen states representing all U.S. Census Regions. Survey samples were drawn from state licensing boards. Independent variables being collected in this survey include provider type (physician, PA, NP), provider demographics, practice location in terms of the rural spectrum and primary care health professional shortage area (HPSA) status, practice configuration, provider history in rural practice, and practice autonomy. The primary dependent variables will include a measure of provider outpatient productivity and secondary dependent variables will include measures of after hours call coverage and hospital coverage.
Anticipated Publications: Findings will be presented as a Final Report and Policy Brief, a manuscript for publication, and presentations at national research and policy meetings.
The Contribution of Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners Toward Rural Primary Care: Findings from a 13-state Survey
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Evaluates a questionnaire that measures weekly outpatient visits and services provided in a rural setting.