The AAFP on the Role of Nurse Practitioners in the U.S. Health Care System

As America moves forward with health care reform, communities and policy makers have asked whether our primary care workforce will meet anticipated demand. The nation is grappling with a primary care physician shortage and some analysts suggest nurse practitioners can fill the gap. Such an answer, however, would not resolve the underlying issues. Following are a variety of resources on this issue.

Primary Care for the 21st Century: Ensuring a Quality, Physician-led Team for Every Patient(26 page PDF)
According to this report, the United States can solve the primary care physician shortage by fully implementing physician-led patient-centered medical homes. Read the report and print an infographic summary.

IOM Information

IOM Report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health(www.iom.edu)
Released Oct. 5, 2010

IOM Report Brief: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health(www.iom.edu)
Released Oct. 5, 2010

IOM Report News Release: Health Care Reform and Increased Patient Needs Require Transformation of Nursing Profession(www8.nationalacademies.org)
Released Oct. 5, 2010

Talking Points

AAFP on Nurse Practitioners