Remote consultations for Physician Associates in primary care: qualitative feedback from a regional cohort study

HOSKIN, Julie and AGARWAL, Ria (2021). Remote consultations for Physician Associates in primary care: qualitative feedback from a regional cohort study. Future Healthcare Journal, 8 (3), 1-5.

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    Abstract

    The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a dramatic shift in the traditional general practice (GP) model of consultation. General practice was forced to deliver care remotely and this workforce included physician associates (PAs), who may not have been previously exposed to remote consultations prior to the pandemic. A qualitative online questionnaire explored how a cohort of primary care PAs in Sheffield adapted to the use of remote consultations, how clinically safe they felt in utilising this method, supervision arrangements in their practices and how they would manage three clinical scenarios. Recommendations are limited by the small sample size, but based upon this feedback we recommend inclusion of remote consultation as part of the student experience in higher educational institutions (HEIs) that do not currently utilise it; discussion of the PAs' previous experience of remote consultation at their induction in order to decide how to most effectively use their skillset while they transition into remote consultations, appreciating that they may have a lower threshold to invite patients in for a face-to-face appointment if newly qualified; on-demand supervision for remote consultations where possible; and reinforcement of clinical and pastoral review from the employer to manage the increasing scope of the PA.

    Item Type: Article
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.7861/fhj.2021-0023
    Page Range: 1-5
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 10:09
    Last Modified: 26 Oct 2021 14:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28955

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