National Study of Physician Assistants


The WWAMI RHRC collaborated with the North Dakota Center for Rural Health Services on a national survey of a random sample of physician assistants (PAs). The RHRC completed a follow-up survey of all the graduates of the University of Washington’s MEDEX Northwest PA program. The follow-up study, in which North Dakota Center for Rural Health Services staff took the lead, examined differences in rural and urban PA content of practice, satisfaction, practice type, practice characteristics, and demographic characteristics. Geographical and chronological career patterns of the PAs were investigated, as well as issues related to prescriptive authority and professional autonomy.