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Primary Care Expectations in an Underserved Population | OMICS International | Abstract
ISSN: 2471-9846

Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing
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Research Article

Primary Care Expectations in an Underserved Population

Bonnie Jerome D’Emilia1*, Patricia Dunphy Suplee2 and Sherry Burrell3

1Department of Nursing, School of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 215 N. 3rd St, Camden, NJ 08102, USA

2Department of Nursing, College of Nursing, Villanova University, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Bonnie Jerome-D’Emilia, Ph.D
MPH, RN, Associate Professor
School of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
215 N. 3rd St, Camden, NJ 08102, USA
Tel: 856 225-2313
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: November 14, 2016; Accepted date: November 23, 2016; Published date: November 30, 2016

Citation: D’Emilia BJ, Suplee PD, Burrell S (2016) Primary Care Expectations in an Underserved Population. J Comm Pub Health Nurs 2:145. doi:10.4172/2471-9846.1000145

Copyright: © 2016 D’Emilia BJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The purpose of this study was to examine the association between insurance status, primary care utilization and expectations of an underserved population. Two hundred thirty men and women participated. Having Medicaid increased the use of primary care services in a population that would otherwise be uninsured (p=0.01). Health status was not related to utilization of care. New practice models, such as nurse-managed health clinics, are well suited to fill the gaps of the primary care infrastructure in underserved urban areas. Nurse practitioners are in unique positions to lead and manage these new emerging practice models.