Pilot Study: Musculoskeletal Training Efficacy

JOF recently supported a study that evaluated musculoskeletal training for nurse practitioners. As nurse practitioners (NPs) are increasingly called upon to help ensure access to primary care, the question of how well they are prepared to manage common orthopedic conditions becomes more significant.

In this pilot study of eight primary care NPs participating in a newly developed orthopedic fellowship, results indicated that, like their physician colleagues, NPs appear to lack the knowledge and skills to confidently manage common musculoskeletal conditions in primary care settings.

On the positive side, the study results also indicated that NPs may benefit substantially from focused musculoskeletal education and training.