News-Medical.net reports that patients in the U.S. receive the same quality of care from nurse practitioners as they would from a licensed physician or doctor. Additionally, patients cite that they are both diagnosed and treated as effectively and correctly by nurse practitioners as they are by other primary care providers.
A recent study published by Nursing Economics found that nurses with advanced degrees such as a Master of Science in Nursing can serve in the same capacity as individuals who have gone to medical school. The report, titled Advanced Practice Nurse Outcomes 1990-2008: A Systematic Review, presents enough data to conclude that nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives are educated and talented enough to run autonomous practices that will help ameliorate the current physician shortage.
In order to conduct the study, professors from a Washington, D.C.-based university investigated whether individuals with advanced nursing degrees are as competent as doctors. According to their findings, many patients state that they have received better care from nurse practitioners and nurse midwives than they did from primary care doctors or obstetricians and gynecologists.