Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Malpractice Trends

Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Malpractice Trend Article

Nurse Practitioner (NPs) and Physician’s Assistant (PAs) education programs were established in 1965 due to a new need. Today these fields have grown to represent 1/5 of the healthcare workforce. Both NPs and PAs hold an active state license to provide healthcare and prescribe medication. They are able to provide primary and specialty healthcare and are seen in nearly all medical fields. This is in contrast to the evident shortage of physicians. This demand and the widening integration of PAs and nurses brings new questions of the quality of the care provided by these fields. A study was composed from 2005-2014 by the National Practitioner Data Base seeking  malpractice trends of PAs, NPs, and physicians. The article defines malpractice as any “acts of negligence or incompetence on the part of a professional.” The results showed that physicians had more malpractice reports (2.9%) than PAs (2.2%).

Perhaps I could use this information to talk about how physicians assistants are needed ?????




5 Comments Add yours

  1. kateschroeder12 says:

    This looks like a very reliable source. Why are there a lack physicians nowadays? And maybe you could use this to talk about why physician’s are more prone to malpractice trends than PA’s are.


  2. craigmeg18 says:

    The source looks trustworthy and seems to be helpful. I wonder how often the assistants malpractice and if that could impact the care given to patients? I would use this information to look more in depth of why they are getting malpractice and how long has this been happening? Overall, this source can be useful to those who are wanting to go into the health field and help them realize what is happening in this field with assistants.


  3. davidiscool11 says:

    I agree with the others! Maybe look into how physicians were educated and if that has any correlation to malpractice throughout the field.


  4. The whole malpractice angle could open things up in a million directions. Also, what are the pros/cons of going into NP and PA vs. being a doctor? Time? Money?


  5. whitbeckjacob says:

    This looks like a great source. I feel like no matter what PA’s will always be needed, whether it helps with malpractice issues or not. Why are physicians more prone to malpractice than PA’s? That feels a little…backwards..? Anyway, maybe you could research on why that happens or what PA’s are doing right that physicians aren’t.


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