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Research Letter
January 1/8, 2019

Primary Care Nurse Practitioners and Physicians in Low-Income and Rural Areas, 2010-2016

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • 2School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
JAMA. 2019;321(1):102-105. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17944

Nurse practitioners (NPs) constitute the largest and fastest growing group of nonphysician primary care clinicians.1 As the primary care physician (PCP) shortage persists,1 examination of trends in primary care NP supply, particularly in relation to populations most in need, will inform strategies to strengthen primary care capacity. However, such evidence is limited, particularly in combination with physician workforce trends. We thus characterized the temporal trends in the distribution of primary care NPs in low-income and rural areas compared with the distribution of PCPs.