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Increasing number of physician assistants handle more than 190 million patient visits in 2003

xpanding access to health care," said Crane. "PAs also prefer to stay in clinical practice serving patients because they are incredibly satisfied with their profession," he added.

In a separate survey taken at the AAPA's annual conference in May 2003, 86 percent of physician assistants surveyed said they would become a PA if they had to choose their career over again, and 95 percent would recommend the PA profession to a promising student.

PAs practicing general pediatrics, family practice medicine, and emergency medicine reported more patient visits per week than did PAs practicing other specialties. The most prevalent disorders treated by PAs in 2003 were respiratory/ENT infections, muskuloskeletal disorders/injuries, allergic disorders, hypertension, and pain management. A full listing of the estimated number of visits to PAs in 2003 by specific disorders is available in the Information Update: Number of Visits to Physician Assistants for Selected Disorders in 2003. All information updates are posted on the AAPA Web site at www.aapa.org/research. Reporters may access additional information on PAs through the AAPA News Room at www.aapa.org/newsroom.

Physician assistants are licensed health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team working with supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications.


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