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ERIC Number: ED115769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 245
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The Physician's Assistant: A National and Local Analysis.
Ford, Ann Suter
The book is devoted to an exploratory and descriptive study of the physician's assistant (PA). Chapter 2 describes the research methodology and the questionnaires constructed for data collection. The 1970 national survey questionnaire was sent to 33 operative (79 percent return) and 10 planned (50 percent return) PA training programs in the United States. The second national questionnaire was for a 1973 restudy. The other three questionnaires were used in a local case study of the obstetrical PA. Chapter 3 discusses some of the relevant behavioral science literature (innovations and resistance to change, organizations and conflict, and health manpower) that was examined. The following three chapters focus on the survey results, which are integrated with PA literature. Issues of the national surveys dealt with role definition, educational programs, recruitment, placement, and acceptance. Much progress was made in the three-year period toward resolving basic issues; the PA has been considered a new health professional rather than a dependent appendage of the physician. The PA/nursing role remains as an issue of debate. The case study of the obstetrical PA surveyed patients, physicians, and nurses regarding the PA. Appendixes contain copies of the questionnaires and a list of the national program respondents. (EA)
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