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Resources by Topic: Physician assistants

What Makes Physician Assistant (PA) Training Programs Successful at Training Rural PAs?
Results of a study analyzing characteristics of PA programs producing high proportions of graduates who choose rural practice, using data collected from 173 programs from November 2015 through January 2016. Features statistics with breakdowns by rurally oriented and non-rurally oriented programs and those with high and low rural productivity.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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PAs in Rural Locations Ready to Meet Primary Care Needs
Describes characteristics of physician assistants (PAs) working in rural areas, based on data collected from 9,140 PAs for the 2018 American Academy of PAs Salary Survey. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural or urban location and by various medical specialties.
Author(s): Noel Smith
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of PAs
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National Health Service Corps Site Reference Guide
Provides clarification for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites regarding eligibility requirements, qualification factors, compliance, roles and responsibilities, and other factors for becoming as NHSC approved site. This document is a supplemental resource to the information provided in the online NHSC Site Application.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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A Comparative Analysis of New York's Active Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
Research brief using data drawn from survey responses collected between September 2015 - December 2017, exploring similarities and differences between New York state physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural and urban practice locations.
Author(s): Yuhao Liu, Robert Martiniano, Jean Moore
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Physician Assistants: Modernize Laws to Improve Rural Access
National Rural Health Association policy paper describing benefits to rural communities when practice barriers are removed and payments are sufficient to attract physician assistants to the area. Includes recommendations to help achieve this goal.
Author(s): Roger Wells, Megan Cody, Robert Alpino, Melissa Van Dyne, Ross Abbott, et al.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Kansas Primary Medical Care Health Professional Shortage Areas, 2018
Map of Kansas identifying the counties designated as primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), counties designated as geographic primary care HPSAs, and counties with primary care HPSA designation update pending.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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The Status of the Healthcare Workforce in the State of Nebraska
Provides an overview of the healthcare workforce in Nebraska and reports county-level data. Includes statistics and information on physicians, physician assistants, nursing professionals, dental professionals, pharmacy professionals, emergency medical technicians, other allied health professionals, and other non-physician clinicians. Covers the demographic profile of the state and the designated Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Nebraska.
Author(s): Fernando A. Wilson, Nizar K. Wehbi, Jamie Larson, et al.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Nebraska Area Health Education Centers, University of Nebraska Medical Center: Center for Health Policy
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Evaluation of a Potential New Health Sciences School at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to Meet the Needs of the Region and State
Results of a study exploring the feasibility of establishing a School of Health Sciences and Health Care in Robeson County, a rural high-poverty area ranked among the worst for health outcomes in North Carolina in 2016. Features statistics on the North Carolina workforce and education programs in optometry, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, as well as physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Author(s): Julie C. Spero, Thomas J. Bacon, Evan M. Galloway, et al.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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Trends in Primary Care Provision to Medicare Beneficiaries by Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants: 2008-2014
Examines trends in elderly patients receiving primary care from physicians alone, physicians with nurse practitioners (NPs) and/or physician assistants (PAs), and NPs/PAs without physicians. Considered these models for delivering primary care to Medicare patients with multiple chronic conditions and Medicare patients in rural and health professional shortage areas (HPSAs).
Author(s): Ying Xue, James S. Goodwin, Deepak Adhikari, Mukaila A. Raji, Yong-Fang Kuo
Citation: Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 8(4), 256-263
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
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Indiana: Physician Assistant Workforce
Information on demographics and distribution of Indiana physician assistants (PAs). Includes a county-level map showing population to PA ratios, with shadings to show rural counties.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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