Relying on PAs, NPs may not solve primary care shortage

08/18/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

A study in the journal American Family Physician found that 43.2% of physician assistants and 52.4% of nurse practitioners are employed in primary care, suggesting that PAs and NPs may not hold the key to addressing the shortage of primary care providers. "[P]olicy makers should not abandon policy solutions designed to increase the number of primary care physicians, NPs, and PAs," according to the authors.

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