Mental and Physical Health Status of US Health Care Workers

Burnout has long been a concern among health care workers, leading to various mental and physical health conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this issue, as health care workers faced extended hours, increased workloads, and the emotional toll of caring for a higher number of dying patients. These factors have contributed to a significant rise in…

Leveraging Data to Monitor the Allied Health Workforce: National Supply Estimates Using Different Data Sources

This report compares national estimates of the supply and characteristics of 9 types of allied health workers drawn from 4 publicly available national data sources: the American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), and the National Provider Identifier (NPI) Registry. The 9 occupations (or occupation groups) examined are…

Occupational Mobility Among Individuals in Entry-level Healthcare Jobs in the USA

Entry‐level healthcare occupations are among the fastest growing occupations in the USA. Public perception is that the healthcare industry provides an opportunity for upward career mobility given the low education requirements to enter many healthcare occupations. The assumption that entry‐level healthcare occupations, such as nursing assistant, lead to higher‐skilled occupations, such as Registered Nurse, is…

The Respiratory Therapist Workforce in the US: Supply, Distribution, Education Pathways, and State Responses to Emergency Surges in Demand

This rapid-response brief provides information about the respiratory therapist workforce in the US. It includes descriptions of the supply, distribution, and education pathways of the workforce. The brief also addresses COVID-19 emergency concerns about the respiratory therapist workforce capacity and examples of state approaches to address workforce gaps.ArrayBrief Arrayhttps://depts.washington.edu/fammed/chws/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/04/2020-Respiratory-Therapist-RR-Brief.pdfApril 16, 2020Array, Array, Array, Array, Array…

Variation in Employment of Therapy Assistants in Skilled Nursing Facilities Based on Organizational Factors

Therapy assistants represent approximately half of the therapy workforce in skilled nursing facilities. Employment of therapy assistants enables skilled nursing facilities to provide more therapy services at lower costs. As new payment mechanisms provide incentives for therapy in skilled nursing facilities, employment of therapy assistants may be a cost-effective way to continue to provide services…

The Pharmacist Workforce in the US: Supply, Distribution, Education Pathways, and State Responses to Emergency Surges in Demand

Pharmacists provide a broad spectrum of services depending on their practice setting and scope-of-practice laws within their state. Lately, pharmacists have been increasingly used in a variety of ways, taking on roles such as medication therapy management, chronic disease management, patient education, health promotion, and disease prevention. To take on this surge in demand, states…

The Physical Therapist Workforce in the US: Supply, Distribution, Education Pathways, and State Responses to the COVID-19 Emergency

The traditional role of physical therapists is to prescribe exercises and provide hands-on care to help patients develop, maintain, and restore functional ability that may be limited by injuries, aging, and chronic or progressive diseases. A primary impact of the COVID-19 emergency on physical therapists has been an involuntarily reduction of employment due to a…

Leveraging Data to Monitor the Allied Health Workforce: State Supply Estimates

Health workforce research and planning consists of using supply data at multiple levels (ie, national, state, local, etc). Unfortunately, the variation in the allied health workforce means that supply data for these workers is less likely to be easily available. This report compares allied health workforce supply data (including 9 separate occupations) across multiple years…

Workforce Dashboard: Leveraging Public Data for Workforce Analyses: Commuting Patterns

To help policymakers plan for allied health workforce changes, they need easily accessible data. The Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University of Washington has multiple dashboards that allows users to explore publicly available data on current allied health workforce trends. This dashboard allows users to compare work and residence locations for sixteen different…

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