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Impact of Physician's Assistants on Patient Visits in Ambulatory Care Practices

EUGENE C. NELSON, M.P.H.; ARTHUR R. JACOBS, M.D., M.P.H.; PAUL E. BREER, Ph.D.; and KENNETH G. JOHNSON, M.D.
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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Arthur R. Jacobs, M.D., Department of Community Health and Ambulatory Care, New England Medical Center Hospital-Tufts University School of Medicine, 49 Bennet Street, Boston, MA 02111.


Boston, Massachusetts; Hanover, New Hampshire; and New York, New York


Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(5):608-612. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-82-5-608
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The addition of a physician's assistant to an ambulatory care practice increases the practice's productivity. Practices using physician's assistants (medexes) had a 12% increase in the number of patient visits during the first year of training and 1¾ years later had an average increase of 37%. The medex by himself provided care to 28% of the patients and, in company with the physician, to another 10%. No consistent changes across practices were noted in patient waiting times or time physicians spend with patients.

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