Analyzing the potential of nurse practitioners to strengthen the primary care workforce

This grant to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center supports research on the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) in primary care, leading to the long-term outcome of an increased understanding of the current and potential role of NPs in providing primary care. The grant supports two research deliverables: (1) a quantitative study of the role of NPs (e.g., types of patients seen, services provided, cost of services, variation across states) relative to that of physicians in providing adult primary care; and (2) a complementary, qualitative survey of NPs and physicians providing adult primary care to better understand their practice characteristics, interprofessional teamwork, and preparation. In addition, the grant supports development of a research plan, reviewed and approved by an external technical advisory panel, to test the equivalency of the cost and quality of care provided by NPs relative to that provided by physicians. A deliverable will be a public-use dataset for inclusion in the Foundation's Health and Medical Care Archive.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $358,738.00

Awarded on: 8/31/2011

Time frame: 9/1/2011 - 8/31/2013

Grant Number: 69282


Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

461 21st Avenue, South
Nashville, 37240-1119


Peter Imlay Buerhaus
Project Director