Cafè Scientifique: Nurse Practitioners & the Future of Primary Health Care
- Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Peter Buerhaus, a renowned nursing economist and Montana State University nursing professor, will be the featured speaker at the MSU's upcoming Café Scientifique.
Buerhaus will present “Nurse Practitioners and the Future of Primary Health Care: New Evidence on Access, Costs and the Quality of Care” at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Baxter Hotel Ballroom in downtown Bozeman. The event is free and open to the public.
Buerhaus’ talk will summarize recent and ongoing studies comparing nurse practitioner and physician contributions toward primary health care. The presentation will compare variables such as geographic locations of respective practices, types of services provided, patient characteristics, cost of services and preliminary evidence concerning quality of care.
The talk will include details from a recent study Buerhaus and others published in Medical Care, the Journal of the American Public Health Association, indicating that nurse practitioners are more likely than medical doctors to practice in rural areas and that people living in rural areas tend to have the least access to a primary care clinician (primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants).
Buerhaus will conclude his talk by discussing potential ways to improve rural access to primary care, including reducing restrictions for nurse practitioners, initiating payment reforms, increasing use of tele-health care, locating medical schools in rural areas and exposing physicians and nurses to rural health topics early in their education.
Buerhaus is well-known for his studies and publications on the nursing and physician workforces in the United States. Five of his nearly 120 publications are designated as “classics” by the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Buerhaus is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine and, in 2010, was appointed chairman of the National Health Care Workforce Commission. The Commission was created under the Affordable Care Act to advise Congress and the administration on health workforce policy.
Free and open to all