Half of Northwesterners say nurse practitioners deliver primary care that is equal to that of doctors, according to a new survey.
A survey of 1200 Oregonians, Washingtonians and Idahoans found that 49 percent agreed that the treatment they get from nurse practitioners is just as good as what they get from a doctor.
Their confidence in nurse practitioners continued whether they were dealing with a cold or a cancer diagnosis.
Pollster Adam Davis, of Davis, Hibbitts and Midghall, says respondents gave all kinds of reasons.
Adam Davis: “This includes nurse practitioners just generally having a better bedside manner, being better bedside listeners. Spending more time with the patient, that was mentioned as well in the follow up interviews.”
Respondents said nurse practitioners were also a little more open to alternative care and easier to contact on short notice.
The survey was a collaboration among the Northwest Health Foundation, the polling firm Davis, Hibbitts, and Midghall and public radio stations across the Northwest.