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J Community Health Nurs. 1993;10(3):161-70.

Types of health problems and satisfaction with services in a rural nurse-managed clinic.

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  • 1College of Nursing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City 37614.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the satisfaction of clients with care provided in a rural nurse-managed health center by family nurse practitioners and to describe common health problems for which family nurse practitioner services were sought. The results indicated that of the 2,106 visits from a case load of 1,350 clients, acute health problems were the most common (95.7%), and chronic health problems were the least common (3.9%). Respiratory and ear infections were the most frequent acute illness (55%), and hypertension (29%), respiratory (27%), and musculoskeletal complaints (27%) were the most frequent chronic conditions. Children up to 6 years of age constituted the largest client population (30%), followed by young adults (23%). Older adults were the smallest numbers of clients (3%). Client satisfaction with nurse practitioner-managed care was highly rated by 97% (n = 101) of the subjects in a random sample telephone survey. The results suggested that family nurse practitioners were providing effective and satisfactory healthcare for this rural community. Issues for further investigation are also discussed.

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