Pennsylvania Polls Show Strong Support for Collaborative Agreements Between Nurse Practitioners and Physicians

Harrisburg-based Susquehanna Polling and Research, Inc., interviewed 3,300 registered voters in 11 Pennsylvania counties in September and October. They explored patients’ access to care, which medical professionals they most trusted, and whether they would like to see nurse practitioners and physicians work together through collaborative agreements.

More than seven out of 10 Pennsylvanians who participated in a series of recent polls want to keep collaborative agreements between nurse practitioners and physicians, suggesting current lobbying efforts in Harrisburg to eliminate them are unwarranted.

Harrisburg-based Susquehanna Polling and Research, Inc., interviewed 3,300 registered voters in 11 Pennsylvania counties in September and October. Results undercut arguments from those who support Senate Bill 25, which would eliminate collaborative agreements between nurse practitioners and physicians in Pennsylvania.

Highlights show:

  • A combined 73 percent supported keeping collaborative agreements, while 17 percent would remove them.
  • By a 2:1 margin, those polled said allowing nurse practitioners to practice without physician collaboration will have a negative impact on the quality of care.
  • 90 percent cite physicians as most trusted to deal with chronic illnesses.

Scope Poll

  • Allegheny

  • Bucks

  • Chester

  • Delaware

  • Lackawanna

  • Lancaster

  • Lehigh

  • Monroe

  • Northampton

  • Potter

  • Snyder


 
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