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Physician Assistants in American Medicine, 2e [Paperback]

Roderick S. Hooker PhD PA , James F. Cawley MPH PA-C
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January 13, 2003 0443065977 978-0443065972 2
Built around introductory courses that orient new PA students to the profession, this comprehensive, up-to-date book traces the origins of physician assisting in the United States and other countries, examining education, career opportunities, and future trends. The 2nd Edition reflects the many changes that have taken place recently in health care and physician assistant programs, curriculum, and the profession. It draws on over 750 published papers related to PAs and other health providers, offering an in-depth exploration of the PA role in primary care, inpatient services, and specialized care, as well as the legal basis of PA deployment and the economics of their utilization.
  • Extensive documented research refers to hundreds of published papers, books, and other media sources on PA education and on the profession, listed in the comprehensive reference section at the end of the book.
  • The authors are well-known, respected experts who are highly regarded in the field.
  • All essential info for the required introductory PA course is covered in one text, which is helpful to both students and instructors.
  • Material has been expanded to cover 14 chapters, with new chapters devoted to Physician Assistant Organizations and Federal Employees, and expanded coverage of important topics in other chapters.
  • All material in tables, figures, and the text itself has been revised and updated based on the most recent research to reflect the many changes in the health care and physician assistant fields since the first edition was published.
  • New issues are addressed that have come out of major changes in the American health care system, incorporating discussions of the latest information and the most current data on the PA profession and PA education.
  • Approximately 25 new illustrations have been added to this edition, covering new material or illustrating concepts that were previously presented only in text discussions.

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About the Author

Roderick S Hooker, PhD, PA, Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Health Services Research, University of Texax Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX; and James F Cawley, MPH, PA-C, Professor of Prevention and Community Health, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Professor of Health Care Sciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 2 edition (January 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0443065977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0443065972
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rod Hooker is a physician assistant and a health services researcher with a strong interest in the health workforce. He obtained his PA certificate from St. Louis University and a PhD in health policy from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. His career spans working for Kaiser Permanente, The Department of Veterans Affairs and The Lewin Group. He is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read April 19, 2000
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This book was very helpful to me. It helped make up my mind about what career path to pursue. The authors give insight into the history and future of the PA profession. They give numerous charts and graphs showing statistics on the PA profession as compared to other professions. I especially found it helpful that they compared the Nurse Practitioner to the Physician Assistant, which are two very closely related professions. Before having read this book, I was pretty sure I wanted to become a PA. After reading the book, I further considered the possibility of the NP career. The book definitely is a must read for prospective PA's. I don't think that it would be as enjoyable for current PA's or current PA students though. The information is a bit outdated as far as how many PA programs are accredited as of today and so on but that's to be expected. However, overall, I do recommend this book very much.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential resource for the PA Profession May 16, 1999
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Clear, concise and interesting reading. The authors have compiled the most recent data on the profession and present it in a thoughtful and logical fashion. A "must-read" for prospective and current PA students, graduate PAs, physicians and administrators. This book will answer ALL the questions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This book provided a fascinating and educational read about the Physician Assistant (PA) profession. It included information about history, development, current status, educational process, clinical roles, legal aspects, financial aspects and future direction. The book was remarkably comprehensive, clear and concise, citing hundreds extensively researched studies. As a graduate student in PA studies, the book was of special interest to me. However, the thorough exploration of the dynamic relationships of PAs with other health care professionals and health care organizations leads me to believe that the book would be of interest to a myriad of persons involved in health services delivery and management.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of current information May 18, 1998
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Utilizing this book for a course in Health Delivery Systems bring the PA concept clearly into focus for PA students. Practicing Mid-level practitioners, healtcare manageres and physicians will gain a greater understanding of the roots, current utilization and future possibilities of the Physician Assistant. Well-researched and written by two "experts" in the field of Physician Assistant history, utilization and economics. Recommend highly for personal collection or booklist.
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