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The Case for the Use of Nurse Practitioners in the Care of Children with Medical Complexity

Department of Pediatrics, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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Academic Editor: David E. Hall
Children 2017, 4(4), 24;
Received: 21 February 2017 / Revised: 3 April 2017 / Accepted: 4 April 2017 / Published: 7 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Children with Complex Health Care Needs)
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Although children with medically complex illness represent less than one percent of the total pediatric population, their health care expenditures and health care system utilization far exceed the numbers of other pediatric patients. Nurse practitioners, with their educational background focused on health care promotion and education, are uniquely qualified to reduce this inequity with cost effective care. Currently, nurse practitioners are used in a variety of health care settings and can provide acute and chronic care. Incorporating nurse practitioners at each step in the care of children with medical complexity can improve the quality of life for these children and their families, increase family satisfaction and decrease costs. View Full-Text
Keywords: nurse practitioner; children with medical complexity; medical homes nurse practitioner; children with medical complexity; medical homes
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Samuels, C.; Harris, T.; Gonzales, T.; Mosquera, R.A. The Case for the Use of Nurse Practitioners in the Care of Children with Medical Complexity. Children 2017, 4, 24.

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