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Physician associates may be given prescribing powers, says DH


Often people think of PAs in primary care as someone to do the unselected 'minors' or acute list. This is a mistake as the best clinicians to deal with undiagnosed, uncertain diagnoses rapidly yet safely are GPs. Our PA sees new patients but also spends a lot of time following up patients with known diagnoses, such as the housebound visits or those recently out of hospital, where their clinicial skills can be put to work yet there may be less time pressure to rapidly assess and prescribe. If you employ specialist nurses you should have no worries about working with PAs. Their medical knowledge and 'language' is much more aligned to the medical model doctors use than nursing training. A PA can take a history, examination, differential diagnosis and produce a management plan in a very similar way to a medical student or junior doctor. They are trained by doctors, including GPs. They are not GPs, but then nor are junior doctors in hospital specialties the same as their consultants.

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07 Jul 2015

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