Advanced Practice Providers: Their Growing Role
May 21, 2017
For most of our lives growing up, when we got sick, we went to the doctor. But the delivery of primary care and other medical services has changed. Today, you might see a physician assistant, a nurse practitioner or other medical professional in an area of practice called “advanced practice providers.”
In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast physician assistant Gerald Brown talks about and answers questions about the role of advanced practice providers in the delivery of 21st century medical care.
- There is a group of healthcare professionals called advanced practice providers. These include nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives. Explain the role of an advanced practice provider.
- How do advanced practice providers differ from a medical doctor.
- What is the history of advanced practice providers? When did their prevalence in the health care community really begin to grow?
- What drew you to become a physician assistant? What are some of the typical ailments that you will treat in a day?
- Compare and contrast a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant. How are they similar? How are they different? What are they able to treat?
- With the shortages of physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers growing, why is it important for physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other non-physician providers to offer more care?
- Can an advanced practice provider, such as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner, serve as a patient's primary care provider?
- Are physcian assistants, nurse practitioners and other advanced practice providers changing the way healthcare is delivered?
- How important is it to educate patients about the care that advanced practice providers can deliver?