Level of autonomy of primary care nurse practitioners.

  title={Level of autonomy of primary care nurse practitioners.},
  author={Alex Bahadori and Joyce J. Fitzpatrick},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners},
  volume={21 9},
PURPOSE The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine the level of autonomy of nurse practitioners (NPs) providing care to patients in a primary care setting. DATA SOURCES Data were collected from 48 primary care NPs (PCNPs) who attended a state clinical conference. The Dempster Practice Behavior Scale (DPBS) was used to measure the autonomy of the NPs. CONCLUSIONS The total mean score for the DPBS in this study was 127 (SD = 10.25), indicating a very high level of autonomy of the… CONTINUE READING