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The Employment and Use of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants by Rural Hospitals

Publication Date: January 7th, 1997
Publication Type(s): Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
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Author(s): Krein, S.

Journal of Rural Health 13:45-58, 1997.

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are both important resources for the delivery of health care services in rural areas. Nevertheless, little is known about the demand for their services by rural employers. The purpose of this study was: (1) to describe and compare the employment and use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants by rural hospitals in an eight-state region in the northwestern United States (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington); and (2) to examine how different market and organizational factors influence the employment of nurse practitioners and physician assistants by rural hospitals.

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