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More patients accepting treatment from nonphysicians
Modern Physician

As predictions of a looming doctor shortage become more severe, two recent surveys find that more family physicians are working with nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives. They also found that patients increasingly are accepting treatment by nonphysicians—particularly when the alternative is to wait a day or longer to see a doctor. According to a policy brief published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, nearly two-thirds (59.8%) of the 5,818 family physicians surveyed said they routinely worked with an NP, PA or CNW.