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Research Article Open Access
Background: In 2005, nurse practitioners (NPs) were introduced into primary healthcare in British Columbia, Canada. However, no evaluation had been conducted to assess the integration of this new role.
Aim: To describe the impact of adding NPs to primary healthcare teams, one of several themes to emerge as part of a larger study.
Methods: This study used a multi-phase mixed methods design. This included surveying NPs about their practice patterns, and surveying and interviewing professionals who worked directly with NPs.
Results: Three themes related to collaboration emerged, including expectations for the role, interprofessional collaboration, and appropriateness of NP practice. Conclusion: Participants regarded the impact of adding an NP to primary healthcare teams as beneficial. This was demonstrated through the three emerging themes related to collaboration
Nurse Practitioner, interprofessional collaboration, interdisciplinary collaboration, healthcare teams, role integration., Comprehensive primary care, Innovative primary care, Quality in Primary care, Primary care clinic management, Advanced concepts in primary care