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Resources by Topic: Physician assistants

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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Health Center Expansion and Recruitment Survey 2004: Results by Health and Human Services Regions and Health Center Geography
Reports findings from the national study of health center staffing, recruitment, and retention. Provides information by HHS region, urban and rural geography, and national overall estimates. Includes 118 graphs of selected survey results.
Author(s): C. Holly A. Andrilla, L. Gary Hart
Date: 03/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Geographic and Demographic Dimensions of the Adoption of a Health Workforce Innovation: Physician Assistants in the United States, 1967-2000
Analyzes the evolution of the physician assistant profession. Details the changes in demographics, distribution in rural and urban locations, and training for 1967-2000.
Author(s): Eric H. Larson, Gary Hart
Date: 12/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
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The Contribution of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to Generalist Care in Washington State
Describes the contribution to generalist care made by nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in Washington State. Includes data on NP and PA contributions in rural areas.
Author(s): Eric H. Larson, Lorella Palazzo, Bobbi Berkowitz, Michael J. Pirani, L. Gary Hart
Citation: Health Services Research, 38(4), 1033-1050
Date: 08/2003
Type: Document
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Who is Caring for the Underserved? A Comparison of Primary Care Physicians and Nonphysician Clinicians in California and Washington
Compares the geographic distribution and patient populations of physician and nonphysician primary care clinicians. Includes the proportion of clinicians within each discipline practicing in rural areas, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and areas with vulnerable populations.
Author(s): Kevin Grumbach, L. Gary Hart, Elizabeth Mertz, Janet Coffman, Lorella Palazzo
Citation: Annals of Family Medicine, 1(2), 97-104
Date: 07/2003
Type: Document
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Characteristics and Roles of Rural Health Clinics in the United States: A Chartbook
Offers a comprehensive picture of the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) program and the operations of RHCs. Covers characteristics of RHCs, staffing and recruitment, location, and more.
Author(s): John A. Gale, Andrew F. Coburn
Date: 01/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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State of the Health Workforce in Rural America: Profiles and Comparisons
Overview of rural healthcare workforce issues. National and state-by-state data on the healthcare workforce, with rural-urban comparisons and interstate comparisons. Also includes data on rural healthcare facilities.
Author(s): Eric H. Larson, Karin E. Johnson, Thomas E. Norris, et al.
Date: 2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Tennessee Project ECHO
A hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing network led by expert teams who use videoconferencing to conduct virtual training with community providers - primary care doctors, nurses, and other clinicians - as they learn to provide specialty care to patients with complex health needs in their own communities.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine
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South Carolina - Project ECHO
A tele-mentoring, guided practice model that focuses on moving knowledge and not people by offering specialty expertise to primary care providers so they may effectively manage patients with complex health needs in their own clinics. Offers physicians and pharmacists professional accreditation for participation.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Training
An interactive, online training for a variety of healthcare providers with a focus on the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain based on the recommendations in the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan). Continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit or continuing medical education (CME) credit maybe offered upon completion of the program.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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