Physician Attitudes Toward Physician Extenders: A Comparison of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

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A survey of all physicians in the Eighth District Medical Society (Western New York) was conducted in 1975 to determine physician attitudes toward employment of and task delegation to nurse practitioners. The results of this study and one other similar study of nurse practitioners are compared to results of two previous studies examining physician attitudes toward physician assistants. It appears that physicians are somewhat more willing to employ and delegate tasks to a physician's assistant. Some correlates of physician attitudes toward each of the two types of physician extenders are also compared and discussed.

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