Nurse practitioners are increasingly focused on promoting patient adherence, study finds
As a reorientation towards outcomes takes root in the healthcare industry, NPs are spending more time on patient education and helping their patients stay on medication
NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With physicians already in short supply and millions of uninsured Americans set to enter the healthcare system as the Affordable Care Act takes effect, nurses and physician assistants are stepping up to fill the gap. Nurse practitioners (NPs), in particular, are taking a central role in helping patients stay on therapy, according to Manhattan Research's Taking the Pulse® Nurses 2013 study.
"Nurse practitioners are playing a key role in driving medication adherence while using a variety of support tools, including digital support and services," said Shawn Dimantha, Principal Analyst at Manhattan Research.
Promoting adherence to treatment is becoming all the more important to providers and health systems in light of the healthcare reform-fueled shift towards outcomes-based reimbursement. The study, for which Manhattan Research surveyed 909 practicing U.S. nurses and physician assistants, found that:
- Nearly nine out of ten NPs provide patients resources to help them stay on track with their medicines, and three in ten NPs have referred them to digital adherence tools such as websites or apps
- Almost half of NPs said the time they spend on patient education has increased over the past two years
- More than three in five NPs said patient outcomes are a top priority in their practice for the next 1-2 years
"As NPs spend more time on patient education, there is an opportunity for pharma to extend services beyond the pill," said Dimantha, "including providing more engaging online patient education materials and tools that help patients stay on their medication."
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About Taking the Pulse® Nurses 2013
Taking the Pulse® Nurses is Manhattan Research's annual market research study and syndicated advisory service that explores how U.S. nurses, nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) are operating in an increasingly crowded clinical workflow, expanding their roles as care givers in and out of the clinical setting, using the internet, digital media, mobile devices and other technologies for professional purposes, and interacting with pharma today. The study surveyed 909 practicing U.S. nurses and physician assistants in Q2 2013. For more information, please visit www.manhattanresearch.com/ttpnurses.
About Manhattan Research
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