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Meet Your Doctor’s Team Members:

Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

 
Physician's Team Today it is becoming
much more common for
patients to be treated by a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or
Physician Assistant (PA) at their doctor’s office. As a result, patients may be concerned that they are not getting the best health care possible, or feel that their doctor doesn’t consider them as a priority.
 
The truth is that being treated by a NP or PA can actually improve the quality of care a patient receives. Instead of rushing through their appointments, doctors can entrust their patients care to qualified NPs and PAs. Even though the may not be meeting with their doctor directly at every visit, it is still the physician who is ultimately responsible for their care. NPs and PAs work closely with the primary physician by seeking advice and discussing any complicated cases that may require supervision. 

Doctors
Advantages to Being Treated by a NP or PA
  • Patients can be seen for appointments more quickly, instead of having to wait for an opening in their doctor’s schedule that could be weeks away.
  • An NP or PA may have more time during appointments to talk to patients, so visits will not feel as though they are being rushed.

Why Do Doctors Trust NPs and PAs to Treat Their Patients?

Patients can be seen for appointments more quickly, instead of having to wait for an opening in their doctor’s schedule that could be weeks away. An NP or PA may have more time during appointments to talk to patients, so visits will not feel as though they are being rushed.

Nurse Practitioners are qualified to:

  • Provide patient evaluation and make diagnoses

  • Order and interpretdiagnostic tests

  • Write prescriptions

  • Manage acute and chronic health conditions (such as diabetes, heart failure, and hypertension)

Physician Assistants are qualified to:

  • Perform complete physical examinations

  • Diagnose and treat illnesses

  • Order and interpret laboratory tests

  • Perform surgical procedures, such as wound care or simple sutures, and serve as an assistant during surgery

  • Prescribe medications

Patients can be assured that no matter who treats them at their appointment, their doctor, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant, they are trained, professionally educated and equipped to give the best medical care possible.

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