Physician Assistants

HCV transmission knowledge varies among opioid-dependent pregnant patients

HCV transmission knowledge varies among opioid-dependent pregnant patients

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Most opioid-dependent pregnant patients understand that intravenous drug use is a major transmission modality of HCV.

PAs may help fill rheumatology workforce shortage

PAs may help fill rheumatology workforce shortage

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The gap between supply and demand in the rheumatology workforce is expected to widen substantially by 2030.

AAPA House of Delegates approves Optimal Team Practice policy

AAPA House of Delegates approves Optimal Team Practice policy

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The policy was unanimously approved at the AAPA 2017 conference.

Physician perceptions of PAs similar in primary care vs specialty care

Physician perceptions of PAs similar in primary care vs specialty care

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Physicians in primary care and in subspecialty care found that PAs are prepared to actively participate in clinical activities.

PA flexibility leads to career changes

PA flexibility leads to career changes

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PAs take advantage of flexibility offered by their profession.

PA programs may need more focus on opioid prescribing practices

PA programs may need more focus on opioid prescribing practices

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Many PA students and practicing PAs did not feel that their PA program adequately trained them to screen for opioid abuse.

Side effects may affect medication nonadherence in patients with chronic disease

Side effects may affect medication nonadherence in patients with chronic disease

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Almost half of participants reported that they never received information regarding the side effects of their medication from their prescriber.

Factors that boost vaccination rates among the elderly

Factors that boost vaccination rates among the elderly

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Across all demographics, healthcare provider recommendation to be vaccinated had the strongest impact, followed by having a history of the disease, and knowing someone else who had that disease.

Patients comfortable with PAs and NPs initiating opiate replacement therapy

Patients comfortable with PAs and NPs initiating opiate replacement therapy

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A survey found that 95.16% of participants were confident in the ability of a PA or an NP to provide opiate replacement therapy.

Case study: Recurrent deep vein thrombosis in thoracic outlet syndrome

Case study: Recurrent deep vein thrombosis in thoracic outlet syndrome

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A 53-year-old woman presents to the emergency room for right upper extremity deep vein thrombosis after rib resection and subclavian vein stent placement.

How effective are prescription drug pictograms?

How effective are prescription drug pictograms?

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Many patients cannot identify the meaning of prescription drug pictograms.

AAPA 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas

AAPA 2017 kicks off in Las Vegas

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AAPA 2017 invites you to go Beyond CME by engaging in live programs and workshops that will help take your career to the next level.

Guidelines proposed on substance abuse in nurses

Guidelines proposed on substance abuse in nurses

Health care facilities should provide education to nurses and other employees relating to alcohol and drug use, and promote safe, supportive drug-free workplaces.

Pharmacy chains continue to develop primary care venues

Pharmacy chains continue to develop primary care venues

Retail medical sites like CVS and Walmart have established primary care clinics, which are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Canadian physician assistants: A new profession with new educational insight

Canadian physician assistants: A new profession with new educational insight

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Canada's educational training programs are some of the most innovative in the world and use techniques that promote the skills that future clinicians need.

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Incorporating physician assistants and nurse practitioners in private practice

Adding another healthcare provider to the practice schedule creates additional access for the patient.

The future of PA practice authority

The future of PA practice authority

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The AAPA is moving forward with its push to eliminate the formal relationship between physicians and PAs.

Starting a physician assistant program in Liberia

Starting a physician assistant program in Liberia

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Steve Trexler, an American PA with over 30 years of experience, discusses the development of a physician assistant program in Liberia.

NCCPA survey results show PA certification continues to increase

NCCPA survey results show PA certification continues to increase

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The biggest challenges for recently certified PAs are the lack of clinical PA opportunities for recent graduates and the lack of clinical PA opportunities in a geographic area.

National PA Week 2016 honors the profession's growing influence

National PA Week 2016 honors the profession's growing influence

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The AAPA celebrates National PA Week from October 6-12, 2016.

Is a primary care panel size of 2500 patients reasonable?

Is a primary care panel size of 2500 patients reasonable?

Panel size has been equated with the level of care that patients receive.

 Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

Advances for PAs practicing addiction medicine

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Both PAs and NPs who practice addiction medicine have seen progress made in 2016 to increase practice authority.

PAs, NPs more likely to staff critical access hospitals in rural locations

PAs, NPs more likely to staff critical access hospitals in rural locations

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Geographically remote emergency departments are more likely to be staffed by physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

PCPs not addressing psychosocial issues in geriatric care

PCPs not addressing psychosocial issues in geriatric care

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Many geriatric patients expressed dissatisfaction with patient/provider discussions regarding psychosocial issues.

PAs commonly provide health care to family members

PAs commonly provide health care to family members

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Physician assistants routinely provide health care, including physical examinations, to members of their family.

Delayed immunizations, breastfeeding over age 1 may increase risk for caries

Delayed immunizations, breastfeeding over age 1 may increase risk for caries

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Researchers identify new risk factors for caries in young children.

Health status, expense discourage medication adherence among under-, uninsured patients

Health status, expense discourage medication adherence among under-, uninsured patients

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Patients who rated their overall health status as "good" were more likely to report better adherence to prescribed medications.

Short-term STICU patients often admitted for brief ventilator management

Short-term STICU patients often admitted for brief ventilator management

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Almost one-quarter of patients admitted to the STICU short term are there for <4 hours of ventilator management.

AAPA House of Delegates opposes proposed NCCPA recertification requirements

AAPA House of Delegates opposes proposed NCCPA recertification requirements

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The House of Delegates voted to pass a board resolution to reject proposed changes by the NCCPA to the PA recertification process.

HPV education key in college populations

HPV education key in college populations

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College-aged students may benefit from continued education regarding the spread of HPV, especially oral transmission

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