New York, NY -- (February 28, 2013) - Wolters Kluwer Health and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) announced today an agreement to publish its official journal effective with the June 2013 issue. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, will be the journal's publisher of record.
"We are delighted to be named publishing partner by the American Academy of Physician Assistants to help broaden the reach of its official peer-reviewed journal for this important and growing group of healthcare professionals," said Jayne Marks, Vice President of Publishing at Wolters Kluwer Health, Medical Research. "We look forward to developing new services and digital content channels to support the Academy's membership and journal subscribers."
As the physician assistant (PA) profession expands rapidly, growing an estimated 39 percent over the next decade, LWW will help develop and enhance the content strategy of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) with digital and online solutions keeping in step with how PAs want to access their professional literature and engage with the PA community. Other initiatives include diversifying and expanding offerings that support AAPA growth as well as providing value and benefits to members.
"The clinical content and insights into innovative models of care presented by JAAPA support and inform PAs, who are playing vital roles in today's dynamic healthcare landscape," said James E. Delaney, PA-C, AAPA President. "A strong publishing partnership with Wolters Kluwer Health that builds on JAAPA's strengths as a first-rate clinical journal and enhances the quality of its research is important to our membership and the PA profession."
Reamer L. Bushardt, PharmD, PA-C, JAAPA Editor-in-Chief and Professor and Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Wake Forest School of Medicine added, "JAAPA is the premier print journal for PAs, and LWW is providing publishing expertise to enrich our online presence and launch innovative new digital platforms, including an iPad app. Through the partnership, we'll extend the journal brand through Wolters Kluwer Health's Ovid medical research platform, firmly establishing it as the global authority on PA practice and research. We're also pleased to offer AAPA members with value-added access to the OvidMD clinical interface, providing PAs with quick access to important resources to support patient care decisions. Last year, JAAPA celebrated its 25th anniversary and the future is looking even brighter."
PAs practice in every type of clinical healthcare setting, including solo practices, long-term care facilities, hospital emergency rooms, and also serve as administrators, educators and researchers. About one-third of PAs currently work in primary care and the remaining two-thirds practice in virtually every medical specialty and subspecialty.
PAs are also one of the fastest-growing healthcare professions in the U.S., and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 recognized PAs as one of three healthcare professionals in primary care. The employment of physician assistants is expected to increase 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for physician assistants. It represents a profession of more than 90,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and within the uniformed services. AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. It works to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of physician assistants and to enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare. Visit www.aapa.org to learn more.
About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher of trusted content delivered in innovative ways to practitioners, professionals and students to learn new skills, stay current on their practice, and make important decisions to improve patient care and clinical outcomes. LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2011 annual revenues of €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion).