Extending rural and remote medicine with a new type of health worker: physician assistants

O'Connor, Teresa M., and Hooker, Roderick S. (2007) Extending rural and remote medicine with a new type of health worker: physician assistants. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 15 (6). pp. 346-351.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper was to demonstrate that the medical workforce shortage is an international phenomenon and to review one of the strategies developed in the USA in the late 1960s: the physician assistant model of health service provision. The authors consider whether this model could provide one strategy to help address the medical workforce shortage in Australia. A systematic review of the literature about medical workforce shortages, strategies used to address the medical workforce shortage, and the physician assistant role was undertaken. Literature used for the review covered the period 1967–2006. Physician assistants provide safe, high-quality and cost-effective primary care services under the direction of a doctor and respond to workforce shortages in rural and remote areas, family practice medicine and hospital settings. This model of health care provision has been adopted in several other developed countries, including England, Scotland, the Netherlands and Canada. The physician assistant concept might provide Australia with a novel strategy for addressing its medical workforce shortage, particularly in rural and remote settings.

Item ID: 2230
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: physician assistant; medical migration; workforce shortage
ISSN: 1440-1584
Date Deposited: 28 May 2009 22:28
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 33%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Inequalities @ 34%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 33%
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