physician extender

physician extender

A popular term for a trained health professional who provides quasi-autonomous health care under a particular physician's license Examples Physician assistant, nurse practitioner, etc. See Physician assistant, Nurse, Nurse practitioner.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

phy·si·cian ex·tend·er

(fi-zish'ŭn eks-ten'dĕr)
A specially trained and licensed person who performs tasks that might otherwise be performed by physicians themselves, under the direction of a supervising physician. Examples include nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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Q. What is a physician assistant? What are the differences betwwen it and MD? My son want to be a doctor (MD). I think it might be to hard for him. I know that there is something called physician assistant can someone elaborate more about this profession?

A. physician assistant are just like full doctors except they need a MD to sign some of the forms they have.
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I know that most health care professionals object to the term, but the report states that 66 percent to 87 percent of consumers feel comfortable seeing a physician extender, that is, a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.
The "physician extender" term was introduced by medicine to imply that advanced nursing education evolved to serve as an extension of physician care.
For that reason, immunotherapy should only be given under the supervision of a physician or qualified physician extender (nurse practitioner or physician assistant) immediately available to treat serious reactions.
When functioning as a physician extender, the athletic trainer's tasks vary but, in general, he takes the medical history, assesses the patient, and reports findings to the physician.
Skilled nursing facilities can help counter the negative perception of the industry and its regulatory ramifications by following appropriate care coupled with defensive documentation by the facility's interdisciplinary team (nurse, social worker, physician, therapist, dietitian, physician extender, and other professionals).
If the NP is not performing in a true physician extender role but in more of a medical management role, then hospitals typically employ the NPs.
Among the roughly 65 percent of sites that had physician extenders, the average site employed one physician extender for every four to six physicians.
This is not an inconsequential challenge, particularly as we see greater demands made on physician and physician extender time, as well as shrinkage in the nursing and allied healthcare fields.
They definitely do not like to be referred to in old-school terms like "physician extender" or "mid-level provider."
health care system, 3 primary radiation therapy advanced practice roles have been suggested: a continuity of care specialist, a technology-education specialist and a physician extender.
Many physicians employ a physician extender. They see patients in the office, perform physical examinations, and treat many medical problems.

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