Ever been admitted into a hospital and just look at other patients in for their own chronic illnesses, while in the background that sterile ‘hospital’ smell, which does indicate cleanliness, actually makes you feel a little sicker?
Well, it’s a start but nurse practitioners are providing medical care so diabetes patients can forget about being admitted to a hospital. After an intricate data analysis, results showed that the older diabetic patients, who were given medical care from the nurse practitioners, all had a lower chance of being hospitalized, than those who received medical care from doctors in care centers located in both urban and rural parts.
This discovery was made by Yong-Fang Kuo, a professor of preventative medicine and community health in the Galveston Medical Branch of the University of Texas.1
The process of Prof.Yong-Fang’s study included analyzing the health-care information of a national sample of 345,819 diabetic patients, who were being given Medicare. The choice for this criteria of a sample was because they were easy to handle and such conditions can be taken care of without the need for hospitalizations, unless severe.
Professor Yong-Fang said the study included the medical care provided in rural areas because of the fewer number of available physicians. This dearth of physicians, made nurse practitioner medical care all the more significant in those regions, especially for those with chronic conditions such as diabetes.
This resulted in a 15-fold rise in Medicare patients who opted for medical care from nurse practitioners between the years from 1998 to 2010.
Some contrary points of view, say that nurse practitioners may not bring out the best health outcomes for these patients like physicians do, but the trend in this study has shown otherwise.
Despite that, isn’t this actually a real helping hand for that small pocket of physicians who have to handle a huge load of patients? Such a mass of patients inadvertently limits a physician’s capability to provide the needed care, attention and time for each patient. But each nurse practitioner can cater to their patients’ needs, spend more time with them and even followup on them, which is a rare quality in those busy physicians.
Which seems fair from a patient’s point of view. You’d rather receive care from someone who caters especially to your needs than a physician who may seem too stressed to give you their undivided attention and may want to rush to their next patient.
Although, both these nurses and physicians provide the same quality of medical care on paper, the tilt towards receiving care from nurse practitioners in the U.S. health care system, is becoming prevalent.
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