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Comment & Response
October 4, 2016

Primary Care “Provider” and Professional Identity

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Physician Assistant Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
JAMA. 2016;316(13):1411. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9775

To the Editor Dr Goroll argued that the term provider” should be eliminated, as it might lead to problems in the primary care arena.1 However, although “professional” seems like a desirable alternative, Goroll advanced his argument with false assumptions. His writing suggests a poor understanding of the physician assistant and nurse practitioner professions and comes across as subtly disparaging.