2018 National Survey of Clinicians in Primary and Geriatric Care

Primary Care and Geriatric Health Professional Survey

This survey was conducted in 2018 to measure clinician practice in caring for older adults in general, and frail older adults in particular. We administered the survey to a nationally representative sample of physicians and nurse practitioners in primary care and geriatric practices.  The survey instrument may be used in whole or in part with permission and proper attribution. Please contact Dr. Karen Donelan at


Berrett-Abebe, J, Donelan, K, Berkman, B, Auerbach, D & Maramaldi, P. (2019) Physician and nurse practitioner perceptions of social worker and community health worker roles in primary care practices caring for frail elders: Insights for social work, Social Work in Health Care, DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2019.1695703

Carter J, Ward C, Thorndike A, Donelan K, Wexler DJ. Social Factors and Patient Perceptions Associated with Hospital Readmissions. Journal of Patient Experience. 2019 February. doi:

Donelan K, Chang Y, Berrett-Abebe J, Spetz J, Auerbach D, Norman K, Buerhaus P.  Care Management for Older Adults: The Roles of Nurses, Social Workers and Physicians. Health Aff (Millwood), 2019 June; 38(6). 941-949.

Spetz J & Dudley N. Consensus-Based Recommendations for an Adequate Workforce to Care for People with Serious Illness. J American Geriatrics Society. 2019 May;67(52)

Donelan K, Barreto EA, Michael CU, Nordby P, Smith M, Metlay JP. Variability in Care Management Programs in Medicare ACOs: A Survey of Medical Directors. J Gen Intern Med. 2018;33(12):2043–2045.

Auerbach DI, Staiger DO, Buerhaus PI. Growing Ranks of Advanced Practice Clinicians – Implications for the Physician Workforce. N Engl J Med. 2018 Jun;378(25):2358–60.

Auerbach DI, Buerhaus PI, Staiger DO. Millennials Almost Twice As Likely To Be Registered Nurses As Baby Boomers Were. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Oct;36(10):1804–7.

Carter J, Ward C, Wexler D, Donelan K. The association between patient experience factors and likelihood of 30-day readmission: a prospective cohort study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018 Sep;27(9):683–90.

Iezzoni LI, Chang Y, Matulewicz H, Heaphy D, Warsett KS, Donelan K. Health plan enrollees with disability informing primary care practices and providers about their quality of care: A randomized trial. Disabil Health J. 2018 Oct;11(4):537–44.

Carter J, Walton A, Donelan K, Thorndike A. Implementing community health worker-patient pairings at the time of hospital discharge: A randomized control trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Nov;74:32–7.

Berrett-Abebe J, Cadet T, Vitello J, Maramaldi P. Developing content for an interprofessional training on fear of cancer recurrence (FCR): Key informant interviews of healthcare professionals, researchers and cancer survivors. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2018;36(3):259–73.

Maramaldi P, Cadet T, Burke SL, LeCloux M, White E, Kalenderian E, et al. Oral health and cancer screening in long-term care nursing facilities: Motivation and opportunity as intervention targets. Gerodontology. 2018 Dec;35(4):407–16.

Berrett-Abebe J, Cadet T, Nekhlyudov L, Vitello J, Maramaldi P. Impact of an Interprofessional Primary Care Training on Fear of Cancer Recurrence on Clinicians’ Knowledge, Self-Efficacy, Anticipated Practice Behaviors, and Attitudes Toward Survivorship Care. J Cancer Educ. 2018 Feb;

Burke SL, Cadet T, Alcide A, O’Driscoll J, Maramaldi P. Psychosocial risk factors and Alzheimer’s disease: the associative effect of depression, sleep disturbance, and anxiety. Aging Ment Health. 2018 Dec;22(12):1577–84.

Browne T, Keefe RH, Ruth BJ, Cox H, Maramaldi P, Rishel C, et al. Advancing Social Work Education for Health Impact. Am J Public Health. 2017 Dec;107(S3):S229–35.

Iezzoni LI, Matulewicz H, Marsella SA, Warsett KS, Heaphy D, Donelan K. Collaborative design of a health care experience survey for persons with disability. Disabil Health J. 2017;10(2).

Roblin DW, Liu H, Cromwell LF, Robbins M, Robinson BE, Auerbach D, et al. Provider type and management of common visits in primary care. Am J Manag Care. 2017 Apr;23(4):225–31.

Muench U, Perloff J, Thomas CP, Buerhaus PI, Leese B, Zangaro G, et al. Prescribing Practices by Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care Physicians: A Descriptive Analysis of Medicare Beneficiaries. J Nurs Regul [Internet]. 2017 Apr [cited 2017 Jun 12];8(1):21–30. Available from:

McMichael BJ, Safriet BJ, Buerhaus PI. The Extraregulatory Effect of Nurse Practitioner Scope-of-Practice Laws on Physician Malpractice Rates. Med Care Res Rev [Internet]. 2017 Jan 7 [cited 2017 Nov 27];107755871668688. Available from:

DesRoches CM, Clarke S, Perloff J, O’Reilly-Jacob M, Buerhaus P. The quality of primary care provided by nurse practitioners to vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries. Nurs Outlook [Internet]. 2017 Nov 1 [cited 2018 May 2];65(6):679–88. Available from:

DesRoches CM, Buerhaus P, Dittus RS, Donelan K. Primary Care Workforce Shortages and Career Recommendations from Practicing Clinicians. Acad Med. 2015;90(5):671–7.

Buerhaus PI, DesRoches CM, Dittus R, Donelan K. Practice characteristics of primary care nurse practitioners and physicians. Nurs Outlook [Internet]. 2015 Mar [cited 2017 Nov 30];63(2):144–53. Available from:

Donelan K, DesRoches CM, Dittus RS, Buerhaus P. Perspectives of Physicians and Nurse Practitioners on Primary Care Practice. N Engl J Med [Internet]. 2013 May 16 [cited 2017 Nov 27];368(20):1898–906. Available from: