Keywords

cost-efficient, eczema, migraine headache, polycystic ovarian syndrome, sinusitis, treatment, trichomoniasis, underinsured, uninsured, upper respiratory infection

Abstract

The nurse practitioner's (NP's) role in providing quality care continues to evolve, concurrent with the ever-evolving health care system. With an influx of uninsured and underinsured patients, NPs must not only provide high-quality health care, they must also address cost-efficient treatment options for patients who cannot afford expensive medications. Familiarity with the cost of medications and prescribing cost-efficient medications are valuable tools NPs can use to encourage patient compliance with a specific care regimen, consequently improving the overall health of uninsured or underinsured individuals. Knowledge of patient assistance programs may also assist NPs in decreasing prescription drug costs for patients. Cost-efficient treatment options for upper respiratory infection, migraine headache, eczema, trichomoniasis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome are presented.

Original Publication Citation

Luthy, K. E., Peterson, N. E.*, & Wilkinson, J. (2008). Cost-efficient treatment for uninsured or underinsured patients with five common conditions. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 4(8), 577-584.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2008-09-10

Publisher

The Journal of Nurse Practitioners

Language

English

College

Nursing

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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Other Nursing Commons

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