Health Workforce Trends and Emerging Issues
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The health workforce and its associated work environment are very dynamic. Identifying prevailing trends and emerging issues is critical to workforce planning and development. Trends and emerging issues affect not only supply and demand, but also how workers are trained, deployed and utilized.
Current health workforce trends include an increase in demand for care as the baby boomers age and a significant portion of the workforce retires. Persistent obstacles to meeting workforce demand include a shortage of faculty clinical sites for nurses and a shortage of graduate medical education funding for physicians. Other concerns noted in the American Hospital Association’s “Workforce Facts and Trends at a Glance” encompass difficulty recruiting providers into rural communities and primary care fields and generational differences.
Emerging issues, more recent developments likely to affect the health workforce for some time into the future, include:
Supply and Demand
Education and Training
- Development of new criteria for shortage designations, to target health care access programs to the areas of highest need.
- Examining the economic value of healthcare professionals and their work, to inform workforce planning efforts and reimbursement programs
Page last updated April 20, 2012