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Table 1 Characteristics of the pilot projects

From: Patients’ experiences with the advanced practice nurse role in Swiss family practices: a qualitative study

  Practice A Practice B Practice C Practice D
Location Municipality of a small or suburban agglomeration in central Switzerlanda Municipality of a small or suburban agglomeration in central Switzerlanda Rural peripheral municipality in central Switzerlanda Rural, centrally located municipalitya
Practice setting Traditional family practice with two GPs Group practice with five GPs Single practice Interprofessional practice with six GPs and five other health professionals
APN
TEP 50%, declining to 20% (as of January 1, 2019) 40% 30% 50%
Education MSc in Nursing, DAS Complex Care MSc in Nursing, DAS Complex Care MSc in Nursing MSc in Nursing, DAS ANP-plus
Project
Launch August 2017 January 2019 August 2018 April 2016
Initiator Cantonal health department Practice team Cantonal health department & cantonal hospital Practice team
Implementation strategy Top-down Extension of project in practice A Top-down Bottom-up
Rationales Shortages of GPs Interprofessional task-sharing Shortages of GPs Interprofessional task-sharing
  1. GP General practitioner, APN Advanced Practice Nurse, Other health professionals = psychologists, physiotherapists, nutritionist, occupational therapist; TEP Total employment percentage, MSc Master of Science, DAS Diploma of Advanced Studies, ANP Advanced Nursing Practice
  2. a Municipality typology 2012: https://www.atlas.bfs.admin.ch/maps/13/de/12360_12482_3191_227/20593.html