Physician Perceptions of PA Certification and Practice
AAPA ePoster library. Jeffrey C. 05/17/17; 180472; 8
Colette Jeffrey
Colette Jeffrey
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Research Question How do physicians perceive physician assistant certification and practice? Methodology The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee to the Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) jointly devolved a survey to evaluate physicians' perceptions of physician assistant (PA) certification and practice. The online survey was administered to the 31,614 actively licensed physicians, and 5,377 responded for a response rate of 17.0%. Physicians responding to the survey were routed to specific questions based on their responses. The survey was open for six weeks and physicians received one reminder. The analyses included in this report consist primarily of descriptive statistics. Prior to analysis, responses were examined for consistency and quality; individual responses were removed from the analysis in cases of obvious error. Due to these removals and because providing a response to each survey item was optional, the number of responses on each individual item varies. Results Overall, 39.0% of the physician respondents indicated they were currently supervising one or more PAs at the time of the survey. The 61.0% who indicated they were not supervising a PA were asked to give reasons why they do not use PAs in their current practice. 'My practice uses nurse practitioners' was the most common reason chosen. 'Other' was the second highest reason chosen. The most prevalent 'Other' reasons were that the physicians did not have the hiring power within their practice and their practice was not busy enough to hire a PA at the time of the survey. When the survey was launched, approximately 76% of Georgia's licensed PAs were certified, but the survey results indicate that more than half of physicians do not know. Of the 39.0% of physicians who supervise one or more PAs, 44.7% indicated that their PA(s) were certified and 72.7% of physicians whose PAs were certified require them to be so. Slightly more than one-half (51.4%) did not know if the PA(s) they were supervising were certified and 4.0% indicated their PA(s) were not certified. In addition, of the 72.7% of physicians who require their PA(s) to be certified, most (64.7%) require it because they feel that certified PAs provide a higher quality care. Some 'Other' responses include: patient marketing, reassures patients, and improves public perception. Physicians were asked to rate statements regarding the roles t...
Research Question How do physicians perceive physician assistant certification and practice? Methodology The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee to the Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) jointly devolved a survey to evaluate physicians' perceptions of physician assistant (PA) certification and practice. The online survey was administered to the 31,614 actively licensed physicians, and 5,377 responded for a response rate of 17.0%. Physicians responding to the survey were routed to specific questions based on their responses. The survey was open for six weeks and physicians received one reminder. The analyses included in this report consist primarily of descriptive statistics. Prior to analysis, responses were examined for consistency and quality; individual responses were removed from the analysis in cases of obvious error. Due to these removals and because providing a response to each survey item was optional, the number of responses on each individual item varies. Results Overall, 39.0% of the physician respondents indicated they were currently supervising one or more PAs at the time of the survey. The 61.0% who indicated they were not supervising a PA were asked to give reasons why they do not use PAs in their current practice. 'My practice uses nurse practitioners' was the most common reason chosen. 'Other' was the second highest reason chosen. The most prevalent 'Other' reasons were that the physicians did not have the hiring power within their practice and their practice was not busy enough to hire a PA at the time of the survey. When the survey was launched, approximately 76% of Georgia's licensed PAs were certified, but the survey results indicate that more than half of physicians do not know. Of the 39.0% of physicians who supervise one or more PAs, 44.7% indicated that their PA(s) were certified and 72.7% of physicians whose PAs were certified require them to be so. Slightly more than one-half (51.4%) did not know if the PA(s) they were supervising were certified and 4.0% indicated their PA(s) were not certified. In addition, of the 72.7% of physicians who require their PA(s) to be certified, most (64.7%) require it because they feel that certified PAs provide a higher quality care. Some 'Other' responses include: patient marketing, reassures patients, and improves public perception. Physicians were asked to rate statements regarding the roles t...
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