Viewing Nurse Practitioners' Perceptions of Patient Care Through the Lens of Enablement

Jane S. Frost, Marian J. Currie, Mary Cruickshank, Holly L. Northam

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Research conducted in primary health care (PHC) shows the value of patient enablement. Although nurse practitioners (NPs) are increasingly playing a role in PHC, limited research exploring their contribution to enabling patients exists. This article describes a qualitative descriptive study in which enablement was used to explore PHC NPs' perceptions of the care they provide to patients. Analysis of the focus group data identified 3 primary themes: patient centeredness and bespoke care; reciprocity, trust, and acceptance; and knowledge transference. Relating these themes to the constructs of the Patient Enablement Instrument demonstrated a clear link between NP care and patient enablement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-576
Number of pages7
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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