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New AAPA Survey Conducted By Harris Poll Shows PAs Are Trusted Healthcare Providers Who Improve Access
A new nationwide study confirms that patients believe PAs add value to healthcare teams and provide excellent patient service. The study, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of AAPA, surveyed more than 1,500 US adults. Among an oversample of 680 Americans who have interacted with a PA in the last year (meaning either they personally saw a PA or were present for the visit of someone they care for), the survey revealed strong support for the care PAs deliver:
•93% agree PAs are going to be part of the solution to address the shortage of healthcare providers.
•93% agree PAs are trusted healthcare providers.
•92% agree having a PA at a practice makes it easier for a patient to get an appointment.
•91% agree PAs improve health outcomes for patients.
•91% agree PAs improve the quality of healthcare.
In an era when only 24% of US adults say they have found a primary healthcare provider whom they like and trust, the findings show that PAs get high marks for the way they interact with patients. Ninety-three percent of those who have interacted with a PA say that PAs explain health or treatment matters in ways that are easily understandable and 91% agree that they or their loved one have a good relationship with the PA they see.
“The survey results prove what we have known to be true for years: PAs are an essential element in the healthcare equation and America needs PAs now more than ever,” said AAPA President John McGinnity, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA. “When PAs are on the healthcare team, patients know they can count on receiving high-quality care, which is particularly important as the system moves toward a fee-for-value structure.”
PAs scored highly when it came to value, with 93% of those who have interacted with a PA agreeing that PAs add value to healthcare teams. More than 8 in 10 (83%) say that PAs increase their or their loved one’s satisfaction with healthcare. Similarly, 82% indicated that PAs have educated them about how to stay well and prevent illness.
“These results tell us that PAs are not only good for patients, but also good for business,” continues McGinnity. “Patients want providers they can get to know and trust, and these results show PAs win over their patients with stellar care and excellent communication.”
The online survey was conducted Sept. 15–22, 2014, among 1,544 adults age 18 and older living in the US, including an oversample of 680 adults who have seen a PA and/or have accompanied a loved one to see a PA in the past 12 months. For a complete methodology, including weighting variables, please contact AAPA.
More than 100,000 certified PAs practice medicine throughout the US and American military bases around the world. PAs practice in all medical settings, including hospitals, clinics, or physician’s offices, and they practice in every medical specialty, including primary care, emergency medicine, surgery, oncology, orthopaedics, psychiatry, radiology, pediatrics and more.
The average PA will practice in two or three different specialties throughout his or her career, making the PA profession one of the most versatile in the healthcare industry today.
A typical PA will treat 3,500 patients in a year. PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, prescribe medication, and assist in surgery. A PA's role may also include education, research and administrative services.
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