Access to rural healthcare is limited partially due to lack of primary care providers willing to practice in underserved communities. Mid-level providers such as Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are likely to practice in rural areas and are utilized to bridge this gap. The purpose of this study was to identify Patient satisfaction with NPs in rural primary care and to identify barriers to seeking NP care. Satisfaction is essential for ensuring return visits as well as referring the NP to others. A descriptive quantitative study of 60 participants from a rural mid-western primary care office and a local church was performed. The tool used was a modified version of the Nurse Practitioner Satisfaction Survey. The results revealed that patients were satisfied with NP primary care, they refer the NP to others, and there was no significant association between satisfaction, location, demographic variables, or identified barriers to care.
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||MAI 47/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Barriers, Nurse practitioner, Primary care, Rural, Satisfaction|
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