Diagnostic Testing Differences Between Advanced Practice Providers and Physicians
Healthcare Quality; Emergency Medicine
The use of advanced practice providers (APPs) in emergency departments (EDs) has increased over the past two decades. As APPs have truncated training compared with emergency physicians, some have raised the concern that some APPs may compensate for training gaps through increased testing. We discuss an observational study by Pines et al published in Academic Emergency Medicine, January 2021, comparing test utilization and hospital admissions in patients with chest pain and abdominal pain by APPs and emergency physicians. We provide critical analysis and summarize social media discussion about the article.
Westafer LM, Bond C, Milne W. Diagnostic Testing Differences Between Advanced Practice Providers and Physicians. Acad Emerg Med. 2021 Mar 15. doi: 10.1111/acem.14247. Epub ahead of print.