Three-quarters of physicians who employed nurse practitioners and physicians assistants said the advanced practice professionals contributed to the productivity of their medical practices and that more patients received care, according to a survey by a healthcare staffing company.
Two-thirds of physicians reported NPs and PAs are taking on duties formerly performed by physicians, according to the survey by Jackson Healthcare, based in Alpharetta, Ga. The survey of 1,527 physicians was conducted between April 18 and June 5.
Sixty percent of respondents said they saw the increasing responsibilities of advanced practice professionals as a positive trend, especially surgery subspecialists, general surgeons and internal medicine subspecialists, according to the report.
Anesthesiologists were more likely to view this as a negative trend, the report stated.
Other results from the survey included:
40% of physicians surveyed said they did not use advanced practice professionals; 35% used NPs; 30% used PAs; and 10% used certified registered nurse anesthetists.
30% of respondents said their use of advanced practice professionals had increased in the last year. Use of NPs was unchanged between 2012 and 2014, but use of PAs rose from 25% to 30% in that time.
When asked which advanced practice professional they would rather work with, physicians were almost evenly split between NPs (30%) and PAs (31%). Pediatricians and womens health specialists were most likely to prefer working with NPs. Surgical subspecialists, general surgeons and hospital-based specialists were most likely to prefer working with PAs.