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 ?????