Prescribing, Malpractice, Nurse, Safety
Florida is one of two states that do not allow ARNPs to prescribe controlled substances. The Florida Legislature has expressed concern regarding the safety of ARNPs prescribing controlled substances. The purpose of this study was to compare malpractice rates of ARNPs and physicians in states with and without controlled substance prescribing. The design was a direct comparison of malpractice rates in states with and without ARNP controlled substance prescriptive authority. Comparison of malpractice claims was made between physicians (MDs and DOs collectively) and ARNPs in the United States and by state ARNP prescribing authority. Comparison of malpractice claims was also made between Florida and states that were demographically similar. The results showed that ARNPs have significantly less malpractice than physicians in the United States. In addition, there were no significant differences in malpractice, whether or not the ARNP was allowed to prescribe controlled substances. Finally, ARNPs working in states that are demographically similar to Florida, but allowed to prescribe controlled substances had no significant increase in malpractice. This study showed that there is no increase in malpractice rates in states where ARNPs prescribe controlled substances, either fully or partially, supporting the hypothesis.
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Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
College of Nursing
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Chandler, Deborah, "Comparison Of Arnp And Physician Malpractice In States With And Without Controlled Substance Prescribing Authority" (2010). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4303.
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