Pilot Project: Influence of Nurse Practitioner Restrictions on Racial/Ethnic Disparities
Influence of Nurse Practitioner Restrictions on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes Care
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN
CO-INVESTIGATORS: Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN; Heather Brom, PhD, APRN; Douglas Sloan, PhD; Barbara Todd, DNP, ACNP‐BC, FAANP
Nurse practitioner (NP) practice restrictions and the manner in which they influence health outcome disparities among African American and Hispanic patients diagnosed with diabetes is the subject of this investigation. The work is informed by an innovative dataset that allows researchers to link primary care practices to clearly isolate whether NP practice constraints contribute to disparities in diabetes care (hemoglobin A1c, LDL cholesterol testing, and retinal eye exam). The project data includes over 2,000 NPs working in primary care in four large states, that will be linked to the SK&A database, the Area Health Resource Files, and Medicare beneficiary files.