Primary Care Physicians’ Perceptions on Nurses’ Shared Responsibility for Quality of Patient Care: A Survey

Yael Sela, Tamar Artom, Bruce Rosen, Rachel Nissanholtz-Gannot

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Abstract

Nurses are key players in primary care in Israel and in the efforts to improve its quality, yet a survey conducted among primary care physicians (PCPs) in 2010 indicated that 40% perceived the contribution of nurses to primary care quality as moderate to very small. In 2020, we conducted a cross-sectional survey using self-report questionnaires among PCPs employed by health plans to examine the change in PCPs’ perceptions on nurses’ responsibility and contributions to quality of primary care between 2010 and 2020. Four-hundred-and-fifty respondents completed the questionnaire in 2020, as compared to 605 respondents in 2010. The proportion of PCPs who perceive that nurses share the responsibility for improving the quality of medical care increased from 74% in 2010 to 83% in 2020 (p < 0.01). Older age, males, self-employment status, and board certification in family medicine independently predicted reduced PCP perception regarding nurses’ responsibility for quality-of-care. PCPs who believed that nurses contribute to quality of practice were 7.2 times more likely to perceive that nurses share the responsibility for quality-of-care. The study showed that over the past decade there was an increase in the extent to which PCPs perceive nurses as significant partners in improving quality of primary care.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10730
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2022

Keywords

  • community health services
  • nurses
  • physicians
  • primary care
  • quality of health care

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