Advanced Practice Professionals a Factor in Physician Satisfaction, Survey Finds

Jul 30, 2013, 16:57 ET from Jackson Healthcare

ATLANTA, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Forty-two percent of physicians are not happy with their job, according to a 2013 survey by Jackson Healthcare. However, satisfied physicians are more likely than those dissatisfied to have help, especially from nurse practitioners and physician assistants.


Sixty-seven percent of physicians reported that nurse practitioners and physician assistants are taking on more duties that used to be performed by physicians. Overall, 58 percent of respondents believe this to be a positive trend, but a significant opinion gap exists between satisfied and dissatisfied physicians.

Seventy-one percent of satisfied physicians view the increasing roles of advance practice professionals as a positive trend, versus only 39 percent of dissatisfied physicians. Furthermore, 15 percent of dissatisfied physicians perceived this trend to be evidence of a lack of respect for their role as a physician.

The top three roles nurse practitioners and physician assistants play on the patient care team include seeing patients, prescribing medicine and performing physical exams.

Between 2012 and 2013, there were two statistically significant increases among advanced practice professionals' roles. Physicians reported an increasing number of nurse practitioners performing minor procedures independently. They also reported an increasing number of physician assistants prescribing medicine.

Respondents were self-selected with 3,456 respondents completing the survey between March 7 and April 1, 2013. The error range for this survey at the 95th percent confidence level is +/- 1.7 percent.

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Jackson Healthcare is the third largest healthcare staffing company in the U.S. and serves more than five million patients in over 1,300 healthcare facilities. The company also provides technology solutions that enable total hospital efficiency. Jackson has earned national media coverage by providing innovative solutions to healthcare problems, in addition to championing local, national and international charitable work. Atlanta Business Chronicle has recognized the company as one of the Best Places to Work for six consecutive years. Visit to learn more.

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