Perceptions of U.S. Physician Assistants (PAs) regarding implementation of a specialty certification
Montoya, Cassandra L.
Pettijohn, Amanda K.
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Montoya, Cassandra L. & Pettijohn, Amanda K. (2011). Perceptions of U.S. Physician Assistants (PAs) Regarding Implementation of a Specialty Certification. -- In Proceedings: 7th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 117-118
The purpose of this study was to obtain opinions from practicing PAs concerning their knowledge about specialty certification and perceptions about its impact on their practice. This cross-sectional study involved a survey sent to a randomized sample of 3,000 U.S. PAs. Results were analyzed using descriptive and chi-square statistics. The response rate was 11% (n=293). The survey collected respondent demographic information, asked two categorical questions regarding knowledge of specialty certification, and several questions regarding perceptions about certification based on a 5-point Likert scale. Results suggest that although PAs are knowledgeable about the specialty certification issue, the majority do not plan to obtain the certification if offered and view it as a potential barrier to movement between specialties.
Paper presented to the 7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 4, 2011.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistant