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Open Access Integration of Nurse Practitioners Into Ontario's Primary Health Care System: Variations Across Practice Settings L'intégration des infirmières praticiennes dans le système des soins primaires en Ontario : étude des variantes selon les milieux de travail

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Annual tracking surveys of nurse practitioners in the Canadian province of Ontario conducted by the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provide a picture of current employment and practice. The authors present an update on the most recent survey of primary health care nurse practitioners (PHC NPs), conducted in 2008. The study sample consisted of 378 NPs registered in Ontario in 2008 and practising in PHC. Differences in demographic, employment, and practice characteristics in a variety of practice settings are explored. Geographic distribution, education, autonomy of the NP, and the practice profiles varied across settings. The findings document the integration of NPs into Ontario's health-care system and suggest a need to further describe the models of practice and their impact on PHC outcomes.

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Le Centre de recherche en santé dans les milieux ruraux et du Nord mène, pour le compte du ministère ontarien de la Santé et des Soins de longue durée, des enquêtes annuelles de suivi sur les infirmières praticiennes en soins de santé primaires (IP SSP), dans le but de dresser un portrait de la profession et de l'emploi en ce domaine. Les résultats de l'enquête la plus récente, menée en 2008, sont présentés par les auteures. L'échantillon comprenait 378 IP inscrites en Ontario cette année-là et actives dans le secteur des soins primaires. On a analysé les différences entre les milieux de soins sur le plan démographique, de l'emploi et de l'exercice. On a constaté que la répartition géographique, l'éducation, le degré d'autonomie et le profil d'exercice variaient d'un milieu à l'autre. Les données brossent un tableau de l'intégration des IP au sein du système de santé en Ontario et confirment la nécessité de continuer à décrire les modèles d'exercice et leurs effets sur les résultats en matière de soins primaires.

Keywords: NURSE PRACTITIONER; ONTARIO; PRIMARY HEALTH CARE; SURVEY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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