Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: In his Editorial regarding the
study by Dr Mundinger and colleagues,1 Dr
Sox2 correctly observes that even though
nurse practitioners competently treated mostly young patients requiring routine
care for hypertension and diabetes, they might not obtain such favorable outcomes
when treating acute complications or older, sicker patients. However, it does
not follow, as Sox implies, that nurse practitioners should therefore be barred
from practicing independently. Nor should we, as physicians, monopolize routine
care simply because we can handle more complex medical problems.
Poplin CM. Health Outcomes Among Patients Treated by Nurse Practitioners or Physicians. JAMA. 2000;283(19):2521–2524. doi:10.1001/jama.283.19.2521
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