ERIC Number: ED213919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of Standards to Ensure the Competency of Physician Assistants. Volume IV of V: Assessment of the Applicability of the Individual Physician Profile Program for Physician Assistants. Final Report, July 1, 1976-August 14, 1979.
Fisher, Donald W.; Crain, Mary Jane
The applicability of the University of Wisconsin-Extension's Individual Physician Profile (IPP) program was assessed for applicability for physician assistants (PAs). (The program was designed to help general physicians analyze their practice and identify areas in which they need continuing medical education.) A sample of 89 (of 100 selected) PAs completed the IPP program. Attitudinal data were collected from PAs who had been contacted and/or who participated in IPP regarding participants' reactions to the program and the reasons PAs had for beginning but not completing IPP, for declining to participate, or for not responding to the invitation to participate. To measure the extent to which IPP helped PAs discover and meet their continuing medical education (CME) needs, participants' CME activities were monitored prior to, during, and after IPP completion. This enabled comparison of IPP recommendations with actual CME-related behavior. Evaluation and Advisory Committee members also reviewed sections from the University of Wisconsin-Extension's "Educational Resource Index" for currentness and appropriateness for PAs. The Evaluation Committee concluded that IPP, as currently designed and implemented, was not applicable for PAs. (Exhibits include the IPP and other instruments and project correspondence.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower.
Authoring Institution: American Academy of Physician Assistants, Arlington, VA.