Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Mundinger and colleagues1 provide an excellent comparison of the care provided
by nurse practitioners and primary care physicians from several perspectives.
In considering their work, though, one must also note certain limitations.
Hypertension, asthma, and diabetes, while chronic conditions, do not generally
warrant frequent admission to the hospital. Therefore, differences in the
rate of emergency department use, hospitalization, and mortality may not be
evident for some time beyond the 1-year length of the study.
Hicks P. Health Outcomes Among Patients Treated by Nurse Practitioners or Physicians. JAMA. 2000;283(19):2521-2524. doi:10.1001/jama.283.19.2521