ERIC Number: ED079493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
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Physician's Assistants and Nurse Associates: A Review.
Collins, M. Clagett; Bonnyman, G. Gordon
The crisis in health care is one of the lack of delivery of health services to the consumer. This is, in part, secondary to the dearth and maldistribution of primary care physicians and the ineffective utilization of existing health manpower to deliver primary care. Physician's assistants and the expanded role of nurses in patient care as nurse associates are two answers to this dilemma. There are now over 82 programs at various stages of development which involve these manpower categories, with 70 percent of these programs designed to train primary care personnel. Five national professional organizations have established guidelines for the training of physician's assistants or nurse associates, and efforts are under way on a national scale to standardize programs by accreditation and to certify graduates. The Federal expenditure for physicians assistant and nurse associate programs is large in relation to all categories of allied health personnel, and it is increasing. Several medical-legal problems are under study and are being resolved. There is much positive data about the acceptance of physician's assistants and nurse associates by physicians and patients and about the effect assistants and associates have on productivity of health systems and quality of health services. (Author)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Allied Health Occupations, Certification, Educational Programs, Federal Aid, Guidelines, Health Personnel, Health Services, Labor Force Development, Labor Utilization, Medical Services, National Organizations, Nurses, Physicians Assistants, Professional Associations
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Sponsor: Health Services and Mental Health Administration (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Study of Health and Society, Washington, DC.