Scope of Practice

AMA successfully fights scope of practice expansions: Key research & resources

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The AMA’s research provides overwhelming proof that patients want physicians to lead their medical care and the advocacy roadmap.

  • Four out of five patients prefer having physicians lead their health care team.
  • Seventy-five percent of patients prefer to be treated by a physician.
  • Ninety-one percent of patients said that a physician’s years of education and training are vital to optimal patient care, especially in the event of a complication or medical emergency.
  • Physicians and nonphysicians practice in the same locations—largely in the highly populated areas of a state.

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Table of Contents

  1. AMA research
  2. Featured resources