FREDERIC L. SCHOEN, M.D.
To the editor: Sox (1) has produced an excellent summary of studies through the past decade that have compared the patient care carried out by physician extenders (physician's assistants and nurse practitioners) and their supervising physicians. His examination of the 21 studies has well-defined selection criteria and methodologic standards, with an excellent relation of the studies to those standards.
Nevertheless I find very serious fault in Dr. Sox's conclusions and, particularly, his abstract, which may damage the progress of medical education. My qualification comes from 5 years as medical director of a physician's assistant training program, 6 years as a
SCHOEN FL. Physician's Assistant and Nurse Practitioner. Ann Intern Med. ;92:126. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-1-126_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(1):126.
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