Physician Perceptions of PA Preparedness in Primary vs. Subspecialty Care
AAPA ePoster library. Lapp D. 05/17/17; 180521; 160
Deanna Lapp
Deanna Lapp
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Purpose The aim of this study is to investigate physician perceptions of physician assistant preparedness in primary care in comparison to a variety of medical and surgical subspecialties. We are specifically interested in the differences in physician perceptions in specialty and primary care due to the fact that the PA profession was originally established to address the lack of practitioners in primary care. Educational programs for PAs are focused on educating primary care providers, thus it would stand to reason that new graduates are therefore better equipped to work in the primary care field. This concept stands in stark contrast to the current PA career landscape. The majority of PAs work in subspecialties, either right out of school or at some point in their careers. We hypothesize that physicians who work in primary care and who currently or have previously worked with PAs will rate their perceptions of PA preparedness higher than physicians in subspecialties who will rate the preparedness of PAs as lower. This difference could potentially be due to the lack of formal education of PAs in specific medical or surgical subspecialties. Methodology The research design employed is a quasi-experimental, correlational, mixed method design. Method of securing data is a survey developed by the authors with quantitative, qualitative, and open-ended questions. The survey will be disseminated amongst attending and resident physicians who practice in a variety of fields – ranging from primary care to medical and surgical subspecialties. For the purpose of this research, we have grouped together family medicine, ambulatory medicine and outpatient care under the umbrella term of primary care. Participants are from several different health systems throughout New Jersey and surrounding states received the survey via email. Survey results were collected through an internet-based survey system, Qualtrics. Inclusion criteria includes United States licensed and currently clinically active MDs and DOs, who are older than 21 years of age – there are no restrictions on race or gender. Survey questions include a range of inquires to better understand physician perceptions of PA job roles, clinical capabilities and responsibilities and preparedness to practice in their given specialty. In addition, survey questions will assess physician familiarity working with PAs and PA students in practice. These survey questions will utilize Likert scale responses, ranging from ...
Purpose The aim of this study is to investigate physician perceptions of physician assistant preparedness in primary care in comparison to a variety of medical and surgical subspecialties. We are specifically interested in the differences in physician perceptions in specialty and primary care due to the fact that the PA profession was originally established to address the lack of practitioners in primary care. Educational programs for PAs are focused on educating primary care providers, thus it would stand to reason that new graduates are therefore better equipped to work in the primary care field. This concept stands in stark contrast to the current PA career landscape. The majority of PAs work in subspecialties, either right out of school or at some point in their careers. We hypothesize that physicians who work in primary care and who currently or have previously worked with PAs will rate their perceptions of PA preparedness higher than physicians in subspecialties who will rate the preparedness of PAs as lower. This difference could potentially be due to the lack of formal education of PAs in specific medical or surgical subspecialties. Methodology The research design employed is a quasi-experimental, correlational, mixed method design. Method of securing data is a survey developed by the authors with quantitative, qualitative, and open-ended questions. The survey will be disseminated amongst attending and resident physicians who practice in a variety of fields – ranging from primary care to medical and surgical subspecialties. For the purpose of this research, we have grouped together family medicine, ambulatory medicine and outpatient care under the umbrella term of primary care. Participants are from several different health systems throughout New Jersey and surrounding states received the survey via email. Survey results were collected through an internet-based survey system, Qualtrics. Inclusion criteria includes United States licensed and currently clinically active MDs and DOs, who are older than 21 years of age – there are no restrictions on race or gender. Survey questions include a range of inquires to better understand physician perceptions of PA job roles, clinical capabilities and responsibilities and preparedness to practice in their given specialty. In addition, survey questions will assess physician familiarity working with PAs and PA students in practice. These survey questions will utilize Likert scale responses, ranging from ...
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