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Patient acceptance and satisfaction with care has received attention in the medical literature. Measurement of patient satisfaction levels by health care providers is important because increasingly popular health plans are interested in ensuring member satisfaction. Understanding patient satisfaction with care is therefore critical if health plans are to be successful in attracting and retaining large employer groups and other health plan members.
Studies of patient acceptance and satisfaction with
physician assistants showed that, compared with physicians, PAs function at
comparable levels, use no more health care services, and are accepted by
patients at a comparable level. The following studies indicate that patients
are satisfied with the care provided by physician assistants as least as much
as physicians. Studies include Medicare beneficiaries, emergency room fast
track and primary care settings.
With Primary Care: Does Type of Practitioner Matter?
Patient satisfaction with
physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and physician care: a national survey
of Medicare beneficiaries
RS Hooker, DJ Cipher, E Sekscenski - JCOM, 2005 -