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An overview of clinical associate roles in the neurointerventional specialty
  1. Melissa D Chittle1,
  2. Teresa Vanderboom2,
  3. Judith Borsody-Lotti1,
  4. Suvranu Ganguli1,
  5. Patricia Hanley1,
  6. JoAnne Martino1,
  7. Peter Mueller1,
  8. Alexandra Penzias1,
  9. Catherine Saltalamacchia1,
  10. Robert M Sheridan1,
  11. Joshua A Hirsch2
  1. 1Department of Radiology, Division of Interventional Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Division of Neurointerventional Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Melissa D Chittle, Massachusetts General Hospital, Interventional Radiology, 55 Fruit St Blake 298, Boston, MA 02114, USA; mchittle{at}partners.org

Abstract

Neurointerventionalists have long partnered with certain types of clinical associates to provide longitudinal care. This overview summarizes differences in education, background, roles, and scopes of practice of the various clinical associates (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, radiology practitioner assistants, radiologist assistants, and nursing care coordinators). Key differences and similarities are highlighted to alleviate confusion about the roles clinical associates can assume on a neurointerventional service. This overview is intended to guide practices as they consider broadening their clinical support teams.

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