Physician's Assistants Attitudes and Performance
ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES (ARMY) FORT SAM HOUSTON TX HEALTH CARE STUDIES DIV
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Perceptions of physicians assistants PAs performance and utilization were received from 274 PAs 67, 194 physicians, and 278 commanders. PAs were asked to answer demographic and attitude questions. Responses to attitude statements were made from four sets perspectives NOW, SHORT-TERM Motivators, CAREER Motivators, and SATISFACTION. Multiple regression equations were developed to evaluate the predictability of PA responses to critical items. The most consistent items found in the regression analyses which contributed to PAs suggesting that they would extend beyond their current payback time were Having retirement benefits available, Extent feel sense of belonging to the community and social life of the military, and Payback time completed. The factors most likely to oppose extending included Total years of active military service completed and The availability of civilian federal job opportunities. Regression equations were developed to evaluate Likelihood remain until eligible for retirement. The most consistent descriptor was Total years of active military service completed, followed by Having retirement benefits available. The concerns of most interest to the Army PAs include pay, promotions, degree completion, continuing medical education, and professional utilization. The present findings generally support the Robinson and Thompson 1975 study which found great appreciation for the PAs. Commanders and physicians expressed high degrees of satisfaction with the performance of their PAs.
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