Has this ever happened to you: you call the doctor’s office to make an appointment with your physician, but he or she is not available; instead, you’re offered an appointment with a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant. “What’s the difference?” you ask. “Can a nurse practitioner or physician assistant take care of me as effectively as my doctor?”

For many people, the answer is “yes.”  At Atrius Health, these providers are a vital part of our team-based approach to care,

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