Optimal Staffing Models to Care for Frail Older Adults in Primary Care And Geriatrics Practices in the U.S.


David Auerbach, Douglas Levy, Peter Maramaldi, Robert Dittus, Joanne Spetz, Peter Buerhaus, and Karen Donelan

Sep 2021

Different staffing configurations in primary and geriatric care practices could have implications for how best to deliver services that are essential for a growing population of older adults. Using data from a 2018 survey of physicians (MDs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) working in primary and geriatric care, we assessed whether different configurations were associated with better or worse performance on a number of standard process measures indicative of comprehensive, high-quality primary care.