Making Rural Care Accessible

1 decade 1 year 8 months ago Monday, February 19 2007 Feb 19, 2007 Monday, February 19, 2007 10:38:32 PM CST February 19, 2007 in News

"In Columbia, we use nurse practitioners to work one-on-one with patients and interface with their doctors to help them manage their illness," said LeMaster, of MU's school of medicine. Under the grant, that would change.

"We would have licensed practical nurses doing this - sort of the same type of level of nurse that are already out in those clinics - working with their doctors, working with the patients on a one-on-one basis."

LeMaster said the problem with transitioning this idea to rural areas is that it can be expensive. But researchers hope to set up a support group system to the help in the clinics.

LeMaster said the project will last for the next three years, at which point he plans to apply for more grants to continue the work.

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