Allied Health Professions Scope of Practice
Allied health professionals play an important role in the delivery of health services. These professionals assist family physicians in providing a medical home and ensuring the health of patients through their provision of crucial services in physician-directed team. Allied health professionals work jointly with family physicians, sharing decision-making and management of patients. However, AAFP continues to believe that the scope of allied health professionals' respective practices should not hinder the ability of family physicians to provide their traditionally comprehensive array of services. Additionally, as recognition of physicians' extensive education and training and with concern for patient safety and quality, many of these services should not be provided without the supervision of a physician.
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