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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Barbara S.
dc.contributor.authorMuma, Richard D.
dc.contributor.authorBurks, Lindsay
dc.contributor.authorMuck, Molly
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-04T16:53:51Z
dc.date.available2019-12-04T16:53:51Z
dc.date.issued2012-03
dc.identifier.citationSmith, B. S., Muma, R. D., Burks, L., & Lavoie, M. M. (2012). Factors that influence physician assistant choice of practice location. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 25(3), 46-51.
dc.identifier.issn1547-1896
dc.identifier.issn0893-7400 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01720610-201203000-00010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10057/16910
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dc.description.abstractObjective: Certain US rural areas have inadequate access to health care providers. Health care educational institutions have made nationwide efforts to recruit students from rural areas, in the hope that they will return upon graduation. This 2009 study focused on the physician assistant (PA) profession's endeavors in this effort. Methodology: A cross-sectional survey used a random sample of 2,000 practicing PAs from the United States. Factor analysis was used to categorize the responses to 20 Likert-type questions about possible reasons behind the PA's choice of first practice location. Results: Respondents who graduated from a rural high school were significantly more likely to practice in a rural setting. Six identifiable factors emerged from the factor analysis. Chi-square analyses determined that significant relationships existed between these factors and demographic variables. Gender influenced the greatest number of items; specialty and PA degree level influenced the fewest items. Factor 2 (support of/for significant other) held the most sway in the decision about first employment location. Conclusion: R espondents felt that support of and for the significant other was the most important factor in their first practice-location choice. Recruiters searching for health care professionals in areas needing medical services may wish to pay closer attention to spousal opportunities and should not underestimate the impact of family in the decision about work location.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherLippincott, Williams & Wilkins
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
dc.relation.ispartofseriesv. 25 no.3
dc.subjectAdult
dc.subjectAged
dc.subjectChoice Behavior
dc.subjectCross-Sectional Studies
dc.subjectFactor Analysis, Statistical
dc.subjectFemale
dc.subjectHumans
dc.subjectMale
dc.subjectMedically Underserved Area
dc.subjectMiddle Aged
dc.subjectPhysician Assistants
dc.subjectPrimary Health Care
dc.subjectRural Health Services
dc.subjectUnited States
dc.subjectYoung Adult
dc.titleFactors that influence physician assistant choice of practice location
dc.typeArticle
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2012 American Academy of Physician Assistants


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