Table 1

Lead questions guiding semi-structured interviews with Emergency Department physicians, nurses and NPs

Questions for Nurse Practitioners

Questions for Senior Physicians and Nurses


1. How would you describe your role?

1. What is your understanding of the role of the NP?

2. How is the role of a Nurse Practitioner (NP) different from that of doctors and other nurses?

2. What do you perceive is the impact of the NP role on the delivery of care?

3. Do you think that the roles of existing Emergency Department (ED) clinicians have changed as a result of the NP role?

3. How do you think the role of the NP influences the roles of doctors and nurses?

4. Do you think the roles of NPs would differ at other sites?

- Why do you think they would differ? (e.g. due to ICT, casemix, culture etc.)

- What are the mechanisms which determine the role of the NP?

4. What are the mechanisms that determine the role of the NP?

5. What clinical information systems do you use in your day-to-day work?

- Which aspects/functions specifically?

5. What is your view on the overlap between NP roles and those of doctors?

6. Do you feel that ICT supports your work as a Nurse Practitioner?

- How would you envisage your role in the complete absence of ICT? Would it be as expansive as it is now? Would duties be performed in the same way?

7. How do you see the future of the NP role in EDs as ICT continues to evolve?

- do you envisage taking on new responsibilities as the system becomes more developed?

8. What is your view on the overlap between NP roles and those of doctors?


Li et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:27   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-12-27

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