Effects of a geriatric nurse practitioner on process and outcome of nursing home care

Am J Public Health. 1989 Sep;79(9):1271-7. doi: 10.2105/ajph.79.9.1271.


We compared measures of quality of care and health services utilization in 30 nursing homes employing geriatric nurse practitioners with those in 30 matched control homes. Information for this analysis came from reviews of samples of patient records drawn at comparable periods before and after the geriatric NPs were employed. The measures of geriatric nurse practitioner impact were based on comparisons of changes from pre-NP to post-NP periods. Separate analyses were done for newly admitted and long-stay residents; a subgroup of homes judged to be best case examples was analyzed separately as well as the whole sample. Favorable changes were seen in two out of eight activity of daily living (ADL) measures: five of 18 nursing therapies; two of six drug therapies; six of eight tracers. There was some reduction in hospital admissions and total days in geriatric NP homes. Overall measures of medical attention showed a mixed pattern with some evidence of geriatric NP care substituted for physician care. These findings suggest that the geriatric NP has a useful role in nursing home care.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Diagnosis-Related Groups
  • Geriatric Nursing*
  • Homes for the Aged*
  • Humans
  • Long-Term Care
  • Medical Records
  • Nurse Practitioners*
  • Nursing Homes*
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Retrospective Studies