Table 1

Characteristics of participating wards and care providers

Characteristics of wards (n=11)
Medical speciality, n (%)
 Cardiology1 (9%)
 Surgery3 (27%)
 ENT, head and neck oncology surgery2 (18%)
 Orthopaedics2 (18%)
 Gastroenterology2 (18%)
 Pulmonology1 (9%)
Hospital type, n (%)
 Teaching
  Academic2 (18%)
  Non-academic4 (36%)
 Non-teaching5 (45%)
Organisational model for inpatient care, n (%)
 Mixed PA/MR*4 (36%)
 100% PA†1 (9%)
 PA not employed anymore1 (9%)
 Never employed a PA5 (45%)
Number of beds, mean (SD)22 (8)
Years of employment of PA, mean (SD)6.0 (3.2)
Characteristics of care providers (n=32)
Age, years, mean (SD)40.5 (11.1)
Gender, male, n (%)16 (50%)
Profession, n (%)
 Staff physician12 (38%)
 Physician assistant8 (25%)
 Medical resident/junior doctor6 (19%)
 Nurses, including heads of department6 (19%)
Years working on the hospital ward, mean (SD)9.6 (8.1)
Still working with PA, n (%)‡17 (71%)
  • *MRs and PAs are in charge of admitted patients, with supervision of staff physicians.

  • †Only PAs are in charge of admitted patients, with supervision of staff physicians.

  • ‡PAs (n=8) were excluded for this calculation.

  • MR, medical resident; PA, physician assistant.