Relying on PAs, NPs may not solve primary care shortage

08/18/2013 | Medscape (free registration) · AAFP News Now

A study in American Family Physician journal found that 43.2% of physician assistants and 52.4% of nurse practitioners are employed in primary care, with others working in subspecialty fields, suggesting that PAs and NPs may not hold the key to addressing the shortage of primary care providers. "Policy 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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