Can Physician Assistants safely deliver health care?

Yes. Canadian Forces PAs have been providing care safely in Canada and abroad for many years. The United States has over 40 years of successful integration of PAs in the health workforce. Studies of PAs practicing in other countries indicate that the in-hospital mortality rate of patients who were treated by PAs is no different from the rates associated with other health professionals. There is also no difference in incidence of drug reactions, medical errors, or complications, or need for additional medical interventions when care is delivered by PAs.

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