Advanced Practice Provider

Role of Advanced Practice Provider in the Management of Rheumatic Diseases


Advanced practice providers (APPs), including nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs), demonstrate a high level of independence and clinical expertise in the management of rheumatic diseases, using advanced clinical skills, diagnostic reasoning, and therapeutic interventions. APPs integrate education, research, management, leadership, and collaboration with other health care professionals into their clinical roles to maximize a patient’s health.

What Does the Advanced Practice Provider Do?

  • Take health histories
  • Perform physical examinations
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Make diagnoses
  • Develop a course of treatment for patients in collaboration with other health care professionals
  • Prescribe medications and other treatments (including occupational and physical therapy) in accordance with state laws
  • Perform interventions such as aspiration and injection of joints
  • May be involved in research and program planning
  • Educate patients and families about disease management and treatment, including medication administration
  • Serve as an advocate for patients and families within the healthcare facility, community, and regarding ongoing legislation [link page ‘Contact Policymakers’]

Where Does the Advanced Practice Provider Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics (private practice, managed care)
  • Home health
  • Rehabilitation units
  • Long-term care facilities

What Kind of Training Does an Advanced Practice Provider Have?

  • Most APPs complete graduate-level programs leading to a master’s degree.
  • Education includes didactic courses and supervised clinical practice.
  • APPs maintain state licensure and are certified through national organizations, including the requirement for continuing medical education.

This information is provided for general education only. Individuals should consult a qualified health care provider for professional medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment of a medical or health condition.

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