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February 10, 1999

Nonphysician Clinicians in the Health Care Workforce

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(6):509-511. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-6-jac80022

To the Editor: The 2 studies by Dr Cooper and colleagues1,2 concerning the supply and roles of NPCs and the related Editorial3 were thoughtful and well researched. Nurse practitioners (NPs) represent a group that has grown considerably in the last 5 years as evidenced by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties' (NONPF's) Workforce Policy Project Technical Report.4 The increasing supply of NPs has not gone unnoticed by our profession. The NONPF's Workforce Report recognized these trends for NPs, recommended working with other health care professions on developing a coherent workforce policy, and now can be used to build on the suggestions presented in the JAMA articles.13

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