The chairmen of departments of surgery in general hospitals with more than 400 beds were surveyed to assess their current and projected utilization of surgical physician assistants. Of the 552 institutions represented in the survey, one third employed surgical physician assistants to provide preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care. Two thirds of the chairmen surveyed felt that the introduction of physician assistants had improved surgical patient care in their institution. In institutions with surgical housestaff, almost half of the chairmen felt that surgical physician assistants had improved the quality of residency training. Respondents projected an increase of 87% in the number of surgical physician assistants over the next five years. This suggests that appropriately trained and supervised surgical physician assistants will play an increasingly important role in improving the care of surgical patients. By functioning as junior housestaff, these physician assistants will make it possible to reduce the number of surgeons being trained.
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|Published - Jan 1 1981
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- General Medicine