We have a supply-and-demand issue in neurology. Currently, the supply of neurology clinicians is inadequate to meet the demands of patients,1 and the distribution of neurologists in the US highlights inequitable access to care.2 This is not news to neurologists, where the mean wait time for a new patient visit is 32 to 35 days according to a 2013 survey by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN)1 and 2016 data from Athena Health.3 Future predictions suggest that access issues will worsen, given the aging US population, including neurologists (mean age in the US, 52 years),4 and new treatments that drive increased demand. Advanced practice clinicians (APCs) offer a resource that could help address the issue of access as well as further optimize care.
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Cook CL, Schwarz HB. Advanced Practice Clinicians—Neurology’s Underused Resource. JAMA Neurol. 2021;78(8):903–904. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2021.1416
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