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AAPA Survey Shows that Patients Highly Value Physician Assistants

A new study conducted by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) finds that physician assistants (PAs) score highly on patient care and value. Using the Harris Poll, investigators conducted an online survey from September 15th- 22nd among 1,544 adults age 18 and older living in the United States. Participants included 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.

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According to the poll, physician assistants scored especially high in the area of patient care: 93% of participants agreed that PAs are trusted healthcare providers, 91% agreed that PAs improve health outcomes for patients, and 91% agreed that PAs improve the quality of healthcare.

Furthermore, 93% of the participants who interacted with a PA said that PAs explain health or treatment matters in ways that are easily understandable, and 82% indicated that PAs have educated them about how to stay well and prevent illness. Over 91% agreed that they or their loved ones have a good relationship with the PA they see.


The survey’s investigators also found that participants highly value the role of PAs: 93% agree PAs are going to be part of the solution to address the shortage of healthcare providers, 92% agree having a PA at a practice makes it easier for a patient to get an appointment, and 93% of those who have interacted with a PA agree that PAs add value to healthcare teams.

AAPA President John McGinnity, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, commented, “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. 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.”

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