Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Survey Shows Nurse Practioners Spending More Time on Patient Education and Medication Adherence

A survey of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) conducted by Manhattan Research reveals that NPs are playing a central role in helping patients adhere to their medication regimens and also spending more time on patient education - both of which are crucial in improving quality of care and patient outcomes.

According to the survey of 909 NPs and PAs, nearly nine in ten NPs provide resources to patients that help them with medication adherence (including three in ten who have referred patients to digital tools to help with adherence, and almost half of NPs report spending more time on patient education in the last two years.

The survey findings are highlighted in a new infographic.

Several INQRI research teams have examined the role of nurses in medication management, including ways home healthcare nurses can help with adherence; the impact of nursing processes on medication errors; and ways nurses and pharmacists can collaborate on medication reconciliation. And an INQRI research team led by Marianne Weiss and Olga Yakusheva identified the impact of nurses' discharge teaching on patient outcomes, discharge readiness, and readmission rates. A brief on that study was recently posted.

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