Profession Physician assistant

Physician assistant

Physician assistants provide healthcare services under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication.

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Tasks physician assistant

  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
  • Analyze and interpret diagnostic test results.
  • Answer phones and patients' questions.
  • Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about care and treatment of patients.
  • Obtain, compile and record patient medical data, including health history, progress/development notes and results of physical examination.
  • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, or laboratory tests.
  • Prescribe, with physician's approval, therapy or medication.
  • Carry out therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunisations, suturing and wound care, and infection treatment.
  • Advise patients on prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, everyday emotional problems, and how to maintain health.
  • Assist physicians during surgery or complicated medical procedures, e.g. by holding equipment.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of technicians and technical assistants.

Related professions medical assistant

  • Anaesthetist assistant
  • Hospital orderly
  • Medical assistant
  • Surgery assistant

Source: Sisyphus ODB