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Nursing issues
Enhancing the role of nursing in primary care facilitates task sharing and addresses human resource shortages to achieve optimal population health outcomes
  1. Lauren Scott1,2,
  2. Courtney May2
  1. 1Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, The University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Ms Lauren Scott, Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, The University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Lauren.scott{at}wchospital.ca

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Commentary on: Karimi-Shahanjarini A, Shakibazadeh E, Rashidian A, et al. Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of doctor‐nurse substitution strategies in primary care: a qualitative evidence synthesis. Cochrane DatabaseSystRev 2019.

Implications for practice and research

  • Task shifting is a pragmatic approach that can address human resource shortages in primary care globally

  • The reorganization of the healthcare workforce includes expanding primary care nursing that improves healthcare accessibility, continuity of care, and quality of care provision

  • Further research should evaluate outcome measures following the implementation of this healthcare modelTask shifting is a pragmatic approach that can address human resource shortages in primary care globally

Context

Globally, countries are faced with a chronic shortage of healthcare workers. The demand for healthcare services continues to grow with an ageing population and individuals living with chronic disease.1 Human resource shortages within primary healthcare systems lead to suboptimal health outcomes for populations, including increased maternal …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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