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Advanced Practice Nurses in General Practice

For reasons such as non-standardized final competencies for Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) or the lack of role definitions, APNs are not sufficiently employed in general practitioners' (GP) practices in Switzerland. APNs are already taking over GPs' activities on their own responsibility, however these are performed in a "grey area" and are associated with many uncertainties. The aim is to leave this "grey area" and to promote the implementation of new care models with APNs in Swiss GP practices. To this end, this Policy Brief recommends:

i) clarifying and expanding the roles of APNs in primary care

ii) clarifying the training and legal framework for the employment of APNs (available only in German)


Stakeholder(s): Representatives from practice, education, health insurances and policy

SLHS Lead: Dipartimento economia aziendale, sanità e sociale, SUPSI and Institut für Hausarztmedizin & Community Care Luzern

Authors: Renata Josi, Stefan Gysin, Stefan Essig

Policy Brief: Download PDF

Key Messages: German, English, French, Italian

Summary of Stakeholder Dialogue: Download PDF

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