Patient Satisfaction Rates Between Nurse Practitioners and Physicians
There are numerous stigmas that surround the field of healthcare especially related to the providers within them. These stigmas are typically directed towards a patient PCP (Primary Care Provider) and their specific level of education. Most recently the field of Advanced Practice Nursing has put patient satisfaction rates that have a direct correlation to successful patient outcomes. If a patient does not have trust within the care, they are being provided it can lead to reduced recommendations and medication orders. This can lead to adverse outcomes and increase cost to the patient as well as hospital or clinic. For the purpose of this study, patient satisfaction is defined as an individual's perception of the quality of care received by a nurse practitioner or physician. The purpose of this Evidence-Based Practice review is to evaluate the perceived level of satisfaction in patient’s when being cared for by a nurse practitioner versus when being cared for by a physician. Nurses or other healthcare providers can use this information to provide appropriate care to patients as well as to employ an appropriate ratio of provider types for patient satisfaction.