The number of clinicians who primarily practice in nursing homes (NHs), recently referred to as “SNFists,” increased by 33% between 2012 and 2015.
1Recent research suggests that SNFists provide higher-quality care to NH patients than other clinicians,
- Ryskina K.L.
- Polsky D.
- Werner R.M.
Physicians and advanced practitioners specializing in nursing home care, 2012-2015.
JAMA. 2017; 318: 2040-2042
2and NH medicine has been proposed as a formal specialty,
- Ryskina K.L.
- Yuan Y.
- Werner R.M.
Postacute care outcomes and medicare payments for patients treated by physicians and advanced practitioners who specialize in nursing home practice.
Health Serv Res. 2019; 54: 564-574
3yet little is known about the characteristics of SNFists. Such information will be important in further linking attributes that may be associated with outcomes—for example, training and practice setting—and which may have policy implications. Using a nationwide sample, we compared the characteristics of physicians who were SNFists with those of physicians who never visited NHs and those who occasionally visited NHs.
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Nursing home physician specialists: A response to the workforce crisis in long-term care.
Ann Intern Med. 2009; 150: 411-413
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Published online: November 21, 2020
This study was supported by the National Institute on Aging (K01AG057824, principal investigator: Hye-Young Jung).
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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