Study supports bigger role for nurses in the management of chronic conditions

07/21/2014 | Reuters

Data from 18 studies show that nurses could help relieve a shortage of primary care physicians by expanding their jobs to take on management of patients with chronic conditions. Lead author Ryan Shaw, a registered nurse, said nurses would first get additional training and would work in teams with physicians, nurse practitioners and other clinicians. In an accompanying editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine, two physicians wrote that the U.S. needs new care models and "enlisting nurses will be central to this effort."

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