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Primary Health Care: Open Access

ISSN - 2167-1079

How do primary care physicians perceive the role of nurses in quality measurement and improvement? The Israeli story

6th Annual Congress and Medicare Expo on Primary Healthcare

May 14-16, 2018 Tokyo, Japan

Rachel Nissanholtz-Gannot

Ariel University and Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Israel

Keynote: Primary Health Care

Abstract :

Nurses have become key partners to the medical profession in promoting and monitoring the quality of communitybased health services. Israel has had a highly effective national quality monitoring program for community-based health services since 2004. The objective of this study is to analyze Israeli Primary Care Physician's (PCP's) perceptions of nurses├ó┬?┬? roles in that program and their contributions to the monitoring and improvement of healthcare quality. A representative sample of 1000 PCPs in Israel was surveyed using a 73-item questionnaire. Altogether, responses were received from 605 of the 884 physicians (69%) who met the study criteria, for a response rate of 69%. Descriptive analyses were performed. Most respondents (74%) agreed that nurses shared responsibility for improving the quality measures and that nurses contributed to practice quality. Physician characteristics typically had a minor impact on their perceptions as to whether the nurses contributed to quality improvement. Physicians who felt that measurement improved care quality and those supporting program continuations were likelier to perceive nurses to share responsibility. However, in open ended-questions about the changes they had made in their practice as a result of the program, they made minimal reference to nurses├ó┬?┬? importance and contributions in improvement of quality indicators. There was a disparity between the closed-ended and open-ended questions regarding the way physicians depicted the roles of nurses in quality monitoring and improvement. This disparity suggests that the nurses├ó┬?┬? growing involvement in quality have not yet been fully internalized or appreciated by the physicians.

Biography :

Rachel Nissanholtz-Gannot is a Lawyer and serves as the Head of the Department of Health System Management at Ariel University. She is also a Researcher at Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute in Jerusalem. Her fields of interests are law, health and medical ethics. Her studies include issues such as implementation of the dying patient law, physician-pharma relationship, quality indicators in primary health system and changing role of community nurses.