This study assessed differences in clinical fall risk assessment of older adults (65+) and clinical resources used by primary care providers (PCP). We used Porter Novelli's 2016 DocStyles survey to examine clinical behavior data from PCPs (n=1128). Compared to other practitioners, nurse practitioners (NP) reported a higher percentage of their patients were older adults. The majority of NPs reported screening for falls risk routinely, but most did not use standardized fall-risk assessments to assess risk factors. There were also differences in the types of clinical resources used by NPs and other PCPs to evaluate the safety profile of medications.
Mark, Janice; Haddad, Yara K.; and Burns, Elizabeth R., "Differences in Evaluating Fall Risk by Primary Care Provider Type" (2020). Nursing and Health Professions Faculty Research and Publications. 147.