Table 3

Presenting complaints categories of patients seen by PAs versus FY1s

CategoriesPAFY1TotalP value
n (%)n (%)
Cardiology*413 (9)134 (4.7)547<0.001
Dermatology*257 (5.6)261 (9.2)518<0.001
ENT*133 (2.9)177 (6.3)310<0.001
Gastroenterology*754 (16.5)354 (12.5)1108<0.001
Generally unwell*130 (2.8)172 (6.1)302<0.001
Gynaecology*183 (4)65 (2.3)248<0.001
Haematology56 (1.2)23 (0.8)79<0.001
Mental health*196 (4.3)73 (2.6)269<0.001
MSK*921 (20)897 (31.8)1818<0.001
Neurology*469 (10.3)196 (6.9)666<0.001
Ophthalmology26 (0.6)14 (0.5)400.78
Respiratory*524 (11.4)215 (7.6)739<0.001
Urology*473 (10.3)230 (8.1)703<0.001
Vascular44 (1)14 (0.5)58<0.001
Total458028257405
  • *Significant finding p≤0.05.

  • ENT, ear, nose and throat; FY1, foundation year 1 doctor in training; MSK, musculoskeletal; PA, physician associate.