After reviewing medical records of more than 300 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) from various rheumatology practices across the U.S., study researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found patients receiving care in practices that had nurse practitioners (NPs) or physician’s assistants (PAs) were more likely to have lower disease activity than those treated in rheumatologist-only practices.

According to Clinical Advisor, the lead investigator noted that the Affordable Care Act proposes a wider use of NPs and PAs but that not much is known about outcomes of care related to them.

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