The average primary-care physician would need to spend 7.4 hours of every working day to provide patients with all the preventive health services recommended by the federal government, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. The researchers recommend leaving many preventive health services to nonphysicians, such as nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, nutritionists and health educators, freeing physicians to provide disease management and acute care. The study will be published in the April American Journal of Public Health. -- by Vince Galloro
Nonphysicians essential to preventive care: report
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