Drennan V, Levenson R, Halter M, Tye C. Physician assistants in English general practice: a qualitative study of employers’ viewpoints. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy. 2011 Apr;16(2):75-80..
Taylor F, Ogidi J, Chauhan R, Ladva Z, Brearley S, Drennan VM. Introducing physician associates to hospital patients: Development and feasibility testing of a patient experience-based intervention. Health Expect. 2020 Nov 25. doi: 10.1111/hex.13149. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33238078.
Physician associates (PAs) are one of many new mid‐level health practitioner roles being introduced worldwide. They are a recent innovation in English hospitals. Patient confusion with novel mid‐level practitioner titles and roles is well documented, alongside evidence of a positive association between patients’ ability to identify practitioners and patient satisfaction. No prior research developed an intervention to introduce PAs or any other new practitioner role to hospital patients. the objective of this study , with patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE), was to develop an intervention for introducing the PA role to hospital patients, and to test feasibility. The intervention developed was a patient information leaflet. It was considered feasible to use in the hospital setting, helpful to patients in understanding the PA role and acceptable to both patients and PAs. The intervention was also appreciated by patients for providing reassurance of care and support. Positive evidence of feasibility and utility is encouraging, supporting future larger‐scale testing.