Hospital Administrators' Attitudes and Opinions Regarding Physician Assistants as Candidates for Organizational Leadership Positions
AAPA ePoster library. Noll M. 05/17/17; 180527; 177
Matthew E. Noll
Matthew E. Noll
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Purpose: This pilot study employed a quantitative research approach to assess the attitudes and opinions of current healthcare administrators regarding the utilization of Physician Assistants (PAs) in administrative roles within hospitals and healthcare systems in Rochester, NY. This research also served to index specific criteria deemed desirable by the respondents pertinent to prospective PA leaders. Methodology: The survey tool was comprised of 35-39 items and consisted of multiple choice, Likert scale, and one of each of the following: multiple select, ranking, and free response. Survey responses were accepted from 12 July 2016 until 01 August 2016. Potential subjects for this pilot study were administrators and managers at the executive, divisional, departmental, and unit or practice levels at all subsidiary clinical locations of Rochester Regional Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center. The application of a referral sampling technique rendered the true population of potential subjects incalculable; thus, the t-test was selected for use along with Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for inferential statistics. Results: Sixty-four individuals participated in the survey. Respondent demographic data demonstrated the sample to be predominantly clinically active (90.56%) physicians and PAs (32.08% and 39.62%, respectively) with a Master's degree or higher (68.85%), 10+ years of career leadership experience (50.82%), and daily interaction with PAs (77.36%). The mean importance value, calculated from the Likert scale responses, indicated respondents found the overwhelming majority of educational degrees and experience metrics to be less important given a hypothetical PA candidate for an unspecified organizational leadership position. Theoretical candidates with experience in Business, Medicine/Nursing Educator, Grant Writing, Legal Affairs/Credentialing, Public Health, and Research/Publication were all statistically significant in this regard [For each– t-score: p< 0.05]. Additionally, mean importance values for Doctor of Education, Doctor of Health Science, Doctor of Jurisprudence, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Public Health, and Certificate of Added Qualifications were reported under the 'less important' threshold [For each– t-score: p< 0.0001]. Given one nurse, one PA, and one physician candidate with comparable résumés, respondents were asked to endorse a first, second, and third choice for an unspecified leadership position from the...
Purpose: This pilot study employed a quantitative research approach to assess the attitudes and opinions of current healthcare administrators regarding the utilization of Physician Assistants (PAs) in administrative roles within hospitals and healthcare systems in Rochester, NY. This research also served to index specific criteria deemed desirable by the respondents pertinent to prospective PA leaders. Methodology: The survey tool was comprised of 35-39 items and consisted of multiple choice, Likert scale, and one of each of the following: multiple select, ranking, and free response. Survey responses were accepted from 12 July 2016 until 01 August 2016. Potential subjects for this pilot study were administrators and managers at the executive, divisional, departmental, and unit or practice levels at all subsidiary clinical locations of Rochester Regional Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center. The application of a referral sampling technique rendered the true population of potential subjects incalculable; thus, the t-test was selected for use along with Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) for inferential statistics. Results: Sixty-four individuals participated in the survey. Respondent demographic data demonstrated the sample to be predominantly clinically active (90.56%) physicians and PAs (32.08% and 39.62%, respectively) with a Master's degree or higher (68.85%), 10+ years of career leadership experience (50.82%), and daily interaction with PAs (77.36%). The mean importance value, calculated from the Likert scale responses, indicated respondents found the overwhelming majority of educational degrees and experience metrics to be less important given a hypothetical PA candidate for an unspecified organizational leadership position. Theoretical candidates with experience in Business, Medicine/Nursing Educator, Grant Writing, Legal Affairs/Credentialing, Public Health, and Research/Publication were all statistically significant in this regard [For each– t-score: p< 0.05]. Additionally, mean importance values for Doctor of Education, Doctor of Health Science, Doctor of Jurisprudence, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Public Health, and Certificate of Added Qualifications were reported under the 'less important' threshold [For each– t-score: p< 0.0001]. Given one nurse, one PA, and one physician candidate with comparable résumés, respondents were asked to endorse a first, second, and third choice for an unspecified leadership position from the...
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