More PAs Going into Subspecialties
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PA looking in patient's earA new study by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) finds that more PAs and NPs are going into subspecialties and not primary care.

For the study, Stephen Petterson, PhD, and colleagues at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, the research arm of the AAFP, analyzed data from the National Provider Identifier file.

The most recent statistics from October 2011 indicate 43 percent of PAs practice primary care (30,402 of 70,383), while the proportion of NPs in primary care is slightly higher at 52.4 percent (55,625 of 106,073).

PAs and NPs are often proposed as solutions to the looming shortage of primary care physicians, but the study suggests a large and growing number of PAs and NPs now work outside of primary care, and innovative policy solutions to increase access to primary care may still be needed.

See also: D Healthcare Daily Reports on Growth of PAs


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