I saw an article on the web comparing the effectiveness of PAs and MDs with regard to minor ailments, with the result that for minor ailments, MDs were no better than PAs. I've tried finding this article again, but have not been able to do so. Can anyone else provide a link to a similar study?
The review mentions several studies about the effectiveness of physician assistants.
Contemporary studies suggest that PAs can contribute to the successful attainment of primary care functions, particularly the provision of comprehensive care, accessibility, and accountability.
Patients were very satisfied with both nurses and doctors, but they were significantly more satisfied with their consultations with nurses (mean (SD) score of satisfaction 78.6 (16.0) of 100 points for nurses v 76.4 (17.8) for doctors...
4. Another one from BMJ, 1995: Establishing a minor illness nurse in a busy general practice
- The nurse managed 86% of patients without contact with the doctor; half required a prescription signing
- Half of patients required only advice on self care, and 79% did not reconsult
- Practice nurses could successfully manage many patients requesting same day appointments with their general practitioner
- Of 696 consultations in six months, 602 (86%) required no doctor contact. 549 (79%) patients did not reconsult about the episode of illness, and 343 (50%) patients were given advice on self care only. Trained nurses could diagnose and treat a large proportion of patients currently consulting general practitioners about minor illness provided that the nurse has immediate access to a doctor.
Physician assistantsundergo intensive medical training and provide many of the same services as doctors. ... “Like physicians, the exact duties of the PA depend on the type of medical setting in which they work and their level of experience, specialty and the state laws where they practice. That being said... Physician assistants undergo intensive medical training and provide many of the same services as doctors (https://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/slideshows/10-reasons-to-see-a-physician-assistant) If you need a scholarly link Google scholar narrows down your search more efficiently and accurately, than most scholarly data bases. Then again Cochrane provides meta-analysis, the highest level of research. Be prepared no matter what data base you utilize to search through the articles provided before finding anything remotely related to the key words you used.