Role of Advanced Practice Provider in Management of Rheumatic Diseases

Advanced Practice Provider

Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) include Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs). APPs 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 the patient and family within the healthcare facility, community, and legislative arena

Where does the Advanced Practice Provider work?

APPs work collaboratively with a rheumatologist as part of a health care team in:

  • 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.