Is There a Nurse in the House? Evaluating a Nurse-Run Primary Care Practice

Evaluation of a nurse-run primary care practice

From 1997 through 1998, Columbia University School of Nursing developed a plan and instruments to evaluate Columbia Advanced Practice Nurse Associates, a nurse practitioner-run primary health care practice based in Manhattan that it sponsors.

Key Results

During the grant period, Columbia University School of Nursing accomplished the following:

  • Established a patient database.
  • Pilot tested two satisfaction surveys on 93 patients.
  • Developed a plan to measure visit-specific satisfaction, following a group of patients after initial and follow-up visits.
  • Conducted fact-finding chart reviews that showed that the most common reasons patients visited the practice were for general physical exams and preventive health care measures.
  • Adopted a quality improvement approach to measuring and improving patient care.
  • Developed a plan for the full evaluation based on formative evaluation and quality improvement methodologies.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $25,373 in funding from July 1997 to August 1998 to support the project.