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Survey Finds Patients Like Nurse Practitioners As Well As Doctors

OPB | Oct. 11, 2010 8:52 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:06 a.m. | Portland, OR

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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.


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