JUDITH A. JOHNSON, M.P.H., C.R.N.; DIANE K. SCHWEIZER, M.S., C.R.N.
To the editor: When the article "Quality of Patient Care by Nurse Practitioners and Physician's Assistants: A Ten-Year Perspective" appeared in the September 1979 issue (1), we were pleased with Dr. Harold Sox's analysis of 21 studies and the conclusion that nurse practitioners and physician's assistants provided office-based care that is indistinguishable from physician care. Our concern was, however, raised by the generalization that "differences between care given by nurse practitioners and physician's assistants are probably small or nonexistent," since none of the studies compared these two health-care providers and the author readily acknowledges no such studies exist.
JOHNSON JA, SCHWEIZER DK. Quality of Care Among Care Providers. Ann Intern Med. ;92:568–569. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-4-568_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(4):568-569.
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