Nurse Practitioners No More Likely Than Doctors to Prescribe Inappropriately
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are no more likely to prescribe inappropriately than primary care physicians, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Johnny Huynh, from the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues compared rates of inappropriate prescribing among 23,669 NPs and 50,060 primary care physicians who wrote prescriptions for 100 or more patients per year. Patients included Medicare Part D beneficiaries aged 65 years or older.
“The authors’ findings add to a long list of empirical work showing that NPs provide equal or better quality of care when compared with their physician colleagues in primary care,” Michelle S. Keller, Ph.D., and Catherine A. Sarkisian, M.D., both from the University of California in Los Angeles, write in an accompanying editorial.