Letters Physician associates

Physician associates: different from but complementary to general practitioners

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k244 (Published 23 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k244
  1. Sam Roberts, leadership fellow and specialty trainee in respiratory medicine
  1. Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds, Worsley Building, Leeds LS2 9NL, UK
  1. s.roberts1{at}leeds.ac.uk

I agree with McCartney that physician associates are not doctors on the cheap.1 Their role is different from that of doctors, and the evidence—albeit of weak to moderate quality—indicates that their cost effectiveness in primary care is equivalent to that of general practitioners.

Perhaps we should focus on patients rather than economics. The same …

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