by Kim Ha Wadsworth, OMS III
We know that MDs and DOs are physicians who have the ability to diagnose and treat illnesses, including prescriptive authority. An osteopathic physician has additional training to incorporate osteopathic manual manipulation as a component of a DO's treatment options.
However, have you ever wondered what's the scope of practice of other healthcare providers? Can PAs prescribe medications too? What about nurses or midwives?
Well, I posed this question to my research team as part of our ongoing literature review on shared medical appointments (see my previous post here: https://www.essentialdpc.com/2015/08/mapping-landscape.html). Dr. Hoverman, my co-PI on our APGF research grant, provided links to several online resources that conveyed the state-to-state policy variation by visual mapping of the data.
Here are the links to these great resources for your perusal at your leisure:
- CNM prescribing map: https://www.ncsbn.org/5409.htm
- ARNP prescribing map: https://onlinenursing.simmons.edu/nursing-blog/nurse-practitioners-scope-of-practice-map/
- PA scope of practice interactive tool: http://www.bartonassociates.com/physician-assistants/physician-assistant-scope-of-practice-laws/
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