Expanding the Scope of Practice of APRNs: A Systematic Review of the Cost Analyses Used

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Abstract

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▸ A systematic review of the methodologies was employed in six published cost analyses of increasing scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

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▸ Despite differences in how the costs analyses were calculated, all six studies suggest expanding APRNs' scope of practice could decrease healthcare costs, especially for the state as pertinent stakeholder.

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▸ However, these studies did not examine cost savings for the patient.

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▸ There is a need for future studies to employ more rigorous methodology and focus on the cost benefits to patients.

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