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QuickStats: Percentage of Emergency Department (ED) Visits During Which a Patient Was Seen by a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, Overall and Without a Physician Present* — National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2000–2010


The figure above shows the percentage of emergency department (ED) visits during which a patient was seen by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner, overall and without a physician present, in the United States during 2000-2010. The percentage of hospital ED visits during which a patient was seen by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner increased from 7% in 2000 to 17% in 2010. The percentage of ED visits during which a patient was seen by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner and not a physician increased from 3% in 2000 to 7% in 2010.

* Based on a national sample of visits to hospital EDs.

The percentage of hospital ED visits during which a patient was seen by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner increased from 7% in 2000 to 17% in 2010. The percentage of ED visits during which a patient was seen by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner and did not see a physician increased from 3% in 2000 to 7% in 2010.

Source: CDC. National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ahcd.htm.

Reported by: Esther Hing, MPH, ehing@cdc.gov, 301-458-4271; Amy Brown, MPH.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of emergency department (ED) visits during which a patient was seen by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner, overall and without a physician present, in the United States during 2000-2010. The percentage of hospital ED visits during which a patient was seen by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner increased from 7% in 2000 to 17% in 2010. The percentage of ED visits during which a patient was seen by a physician assistant or nurse practitioner and not a physician increased from 3% in 2000 to 7% in 2010.


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