JAMES F. CAWLEY, P.A.-C., M.P.H.; JOHN E. OTT, M.D.; CRAIG A. DeATLEY, P.A.-C.
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CAWLEY JF, OTT JE, DeATLEY CA. The Future for Physician Assistants. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:993-997. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-6-993
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(6):993-997.
Physician assistants were intended to be assistants to primary care physicians. Physicians in private practice have only moderately responded to the availability of these professionals. Cutbacks in the numbers of foreign medical graduates entering American schools for graduate medical education, concern for overcrowding in some specialties, and the economic and clinical capabilities of physician assistants have lead to new uses for these persons. Physician assistants are employed in surgery and surgical subspecialties; in practice settings in institutions such as medical, pediatric, and surgical house staff; and in geriatric facilities, occupational medicine clinics, emergency rooms, and prison health systems. The projected surplus of physicians by 1990 may affect the use of physician assistants by private physicians in primary care.
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