EUGENE C. NELSON, M.P.H.; ARTHUR R. JACOBS, M.D., M.P.H.; PAUL E. BREER, Ph.D.; KENNETH G. JOHNSON, M.D.
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.
NELSON EC, JACOBS AR, BREER PE, JOHNSON KG. Impact of Physician's Assistants on Patient Visits in Ambulatory Care Practices. Ann Intern Med. ;82:608–612. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-5-608
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(5):608-612.
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