Table 2

Lead questions guiding semi-structured interviews with emergency department doctors, nurses and NPs
Questions for nurse practitioners Questions for senior doctors 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?
− What is the impact of the NP on the delivery of care? 3. How do you think the role of the NP influences the roles of doctors and nurses?
3. Do you think that the roles of existing Emergency Department (ED) clinicians have changed as a result of the NP role? 4. What are the mechanisms that determine the role of the NP?
4. Do you think the roles of NPs would differ at other sites? 5. What is your view on the overlap between NP roles and those of doctors?
− 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? For example, what factors lead to these differences across sites?
5. What is your view on the overlap between NP roles and those of doctors?

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Li et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:356   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-356

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