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Resources by Topic: Physician assistants

Primary Care Workforce Facts and Stats No. 3: The Distribution of the U.S. Primary Care Workforce
Describes the primary care workforce, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Provides statistics on the geographic distribution of the primary care workforce. Compares the primary care workforce distribution with specialty physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Date: 01/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Physician Assistant and Advance Practice Nurse Care in Hospital Outpatient Departments: United States, 2008–2009
Examines characteristics and utilization of physician assistants (PAs) and advance practice nurses (APNs) in hospitals. Shows that numbers of visits to PAs and APNs are higher in rural areas.
Author(s): Esther Hing, Sayeedha Uddin
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Michigan Department of Community Health Survey of Physician Assistants: Special Report, September 2011
Examines the locations of physician assistants practice sites in Michigan counties with a health professional shortage area. Studied origins of PAs with results showing two-fifths (40 percent) grew up in a rural area or small town.
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
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Health Care in the Rural West: Persistent Problems, Glimmers of Hope
Discusses the physician supply in the rural West and looks in-depth at the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in Utah. The report also includes an interactive map that tracks physicians per capita in the western U.S. for the years 1909, 1980, 2000, and 2009.
Author(s): Michael De Alessi, Robin Pam
Date: 04/2011
Type: Document
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Informing Rural Primary Care Workforce Policy: What Does the Evidence Tell Us?: A Review of Rural Health Research Center Literature, 2000-2010
Profiles 51 evidence-based research publications produced by the federally-funded Rural Health Research Centers from 2000 to 2010 related to the rural primary care workforce.
Author(s): Alex McEllistrem-Evenson
Date: 04/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Workforce Challenges in Delivering Health Care to Elderly and Low-Income Populations in Wyoming: Medical Providers' Acceptance of Medicaid and Medicare Patients
Examines medical professionals in urban and rural Wyoming providing care to Medicaid and Medicare enrollees, and factors associated with provider acceptance of new patients. Includes policy considerations to inform state-level policy and program implementation for low-income and elderly populations.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, Susan M. Skillman, C. Holly A. Andrilla, Mark P. Doescher
Date: 09/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Obstacles to Providing High-Quality Patient Care: Findings from a Survey of Wyoming's Medical Care Providers
Examines obstacles to providing high-quality patient care identified by Wyoming's rural and urban healthcare providers through surveys conducted in 2009. Identified obstacles in three areas: patient care and service delivery, financial, and profession management. Includes policy considerations to address the identified obstacles.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, Susan M. Skillman, Mark P. Doescher, C. Holly A. Andrilla
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Wyoming Primary Care Gaps and Policy Options
Provides an overview of the primary care workforce shortages in Wyoming. Discusses examples and policy options that could be implemented to bolster the primary care workforce within the state. Provides statistics on primary care providers by county and distribution, and more.
Author(s): Susan M. Skillman, C. Holly A. Andrilla, Mark P. Doescher, Barbara J. Robinson
Date: 12/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Recruitment and Retention of a Quality Health Workforce in Rural Areas, Number 12: Physician Assistants
Provides an overview of the physician assistant workforce in rural areas. Discusses federal and state policies and program to improve healthcare in rural areas and provides policy recommendations to increase the rural physician assistant workforce.
Date: 10/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Rural Emergency Department Staffing: Potential Implications for the Quality of Emergency Care Provided in Rural Areas
Reports results of a study of rural emergency department staffing and discusses potential implications of staffing for the quality of emergency care provided in rural areas.
Date: 08/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
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