ERIC Number: ED140078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep
Physician Assistants: An Empirical Analysis of Their General Characteristics, Job Performance, and Job Satisfaction.
Perry, Henry B., III
The doctoral dissertation comprising this report involves a study done to describe the general characteristics (personal and work-related) of a national sample of 1,282 physician assistants (PA's) and to assess their job performance and job satisfaction. Chapter I discusses the project background and purpose, and reviews the literature in three areas: (1) General descriptive characteristics; (2) job performance; and (3) job satisfaction. Chapter II covers methodology and discusses the study sample and variables (personal, background, work environment and job characteristics; and job performance and satisfaction measurements); the research design involving the mailing of questionnaires to PA's and their supervising physician; job performance and satisfaction measurement strategies; and data analysis procedures, including path analysis, a multivariate strategy. Chapter III presents an extensive descriptive analysis of the aforementioned general characteristics of the study sample and some relationships between these variables. Chapter IV discusses the general levels of the study sample's job performance and satisfaction and the relationship between these and the general characteristics variables. Chapter V, in considerable detail, incorporates the study variables into causal models and assesses the resulting multivariate relationships by means of path analysis. Chapter VI presents an assessment of important policy implications suggested by the study results. The questionnaires sent to the PAs and supervising physicians, a comparison of the characterisitcs of two sample subgroups to their respective populations, and some supplementary data analysis tables are appended. (EM)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Background, Employment Experience, Individual Characteristics, Job Analysis, Job Satisfaction, Occupational Surveys, Physicians Assistants, Task Performance, Work Environment
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Va. 22151
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Dept. of Social Relations.
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