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August 2017

Integration of Advanced Practice Clinicians in Neurology Practices

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
  • 2Office of Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
JAMA Neurol. 2017;74(8):894-895. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.1382

The American Academy of Neurology Workforce Task Force reported that the current demands for neurology services have already exceeded the supply of practitioners, and yet an upward trend in the demand continues.1 In 2012, the average wait time for new patients to see a general neurologist was 34.8 business days, compared with 28.1 business days in 2010.2 The discrepancy between supply and demand offers an opportunity to develop team–based models of care that integrate advanced practice clinicians (APCs) to collectively provide high-quality neurological care.

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