Patients prefer docs over NPs for their medical care

Given a choice between seeing a physician or a nurse practitioner (NP) for medical treatment, the majority of patients (72 percent) said they would choose a doctor, according to a survey of 1,000 adults and 363 opinion leaders conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Seven percent of those polled said they'd choose an NP. However, 16 percent had no preference and five percent said they didn't know. Americans' preference to see or take a loved one to a physician is reflected in their current medical choices. The survey revealed that 71 percent visit a physician for their main medical care and 75 percent take a child or loved one to a doctor for their primary care. Survey announcement