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What Does a Physician Assistant Do?

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What Does a Physician Assistant Do?

Mar 25, 2021

Episode Transcript

Interviewer: Something comes up and you can't get an appointment with your doctor, but you can see a physician assistant. Jennifer Coombs is a PA. Will I get just as good care from a PA as from a doctor?

Will I Get Good Care from a PA?

Jennifer: Absolutely. PAs are very well-trained and qualified to see patients for quite certainly simple issues, but also complex issues. You're going to see PAs in neurology. You're going to see PAs in the nursing home. You're going to see PAs in family practice clinics.

What Can a PA Do for Me?

Interviewer: Wow. So even in specialty care there are physician assistants.

Jennifer: Absolutely. They're doing procedures. They're doing absolutely everything that their supervising physician can do.

Are Patients Satisfied with PA-Provided Care?

Interviewer: And I suppose patients are happy that they're able to get in and get their problem taken care of.

Jennifer: So research shows that patients are just as satisfied with PA-provided care as with physician care, especially when there's a time trade-off.

updated: March 25, 2021

originally published: January 30, 2019

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