Using cost-analysis techniques to measure the value of nurse practitioner care

Int Nurs Rev. 2002 Dec;49(4):243-9. doi: 10.1046/j.1466-7657.2002.00140.x.


Nurse practitioners are in a unique position to deliver high-quality care to a variety of populations and are being utilized in many countries worldwide. Although certain aspects of the nurse practitioner role may differ from country to country, limited financial support and competition for access to patients make it incumbent on nurse practitioners to document the cost-effectiveness of their care. Cost analysis, a business tool that can be used by any practitioner in any health care system, was used to examine business practices of an academic-based nurse-managed centre. In order for this tool to be effective, nurse practitioners must become comfortable with using cost-analysis techniques in their practices. Linking outcome data with cost data was found to be one method for explicating the value of nurse practitioner practice. Nurse practitioners must also recognize that they are competing with primary-care physician practices and other primary health-care practices. It is vital for nurse practitioners to document both the quality and the costs of their care in order to compete with physicians and other health care providers, in order to influence policy and other health-care decision makers.

MeSH terms

  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Delivery of Health Care / economics*
  • Economics, Nursing*
  • Nurse Practitioners / economics*
  • Nurse Practitioners / standards
  • Nursing Care / standards*