A survey of current knowledge and practices of Kansas physician assistants regarding infant mortality

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Borthwick, Melissa B.
Burkey, Kelci J.
Cebula, Ashley Y.
Pahls, Lindsay A.
Brown, Gina
Wallace, Michelle

Borthwick, M.B., Burkey, K.J., Cebula, A.Y., & Pahls, L.A. 2014. A Survey of Current Knowledge and Practices of Kansas Physician Assistants Regarding Infant Mortality. -- In Proceedings: 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, Ks: Wichita State University, p. 61


Kansas' infant mortality rate is higher than the national average. Research supports specific infant mortality prevention techniques but it is unknown if physician assistants (PAs) in Kansas are teaching them. Our objective is to identify Kansas PAs' knowledge and practice on infant mortality. Prevention recommendations were used to create a survey that was approved by the WSU IRB, and completed by Kansas PAs. Responses were analyzed for associations between demographic groups, and descriptive percentages were evaluated. The survey response rate was 39%. Four significant findings were identified between demographic groups, and discrepancies were found between current infant mortality prevention recommendations and how Kansas PAs implement them.

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Presented to the 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 25, 2014.
Research completed at the Department of Physician Assistants, College of Health Professions