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Do ED patients have a provider preference?

Residency Program Insider, March 29, 2011

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Physician assistants (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), and medical residents constitute an increasingly significant part of the American health care workforce, yet patient assent to be seen by nonphysicians is only presumed and seldom sought.

Researchers from Yale University surveyed ED patients and found that they are generally unwilling to receive care from PAs, NPs, and residents. Although patients are rarely asked whether they want to see a physician, PA, NP, or resident, 79.5% expect to see a physician. However, the patients indicated that the are more willing to be seen by residents that other providers.

The study was published in the American Journal of Bioethics (subscription required).



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