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Allied Health Workforce Shortages. Sally Whitten, M.Ed., PT Central Piedmont Community College. Who are Allied Health Professionals? . All non-physician, non-nursing health care providers Represent over 200 professional fields

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Allied Health Workforce Shortages

Sally Whitten, M.Ed., PT

Central Piedmont Community College


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Who are Allied Health Professionals?

  • All non-physician, non-nursing health care providers

  • Represent over 200 professional fields

  • Allied health professionals outnumber physicians and nurses more than two to one


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Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants

Physical, occupational, and respiratory therapists

PT and OT assistants

Speech-language pathologists and assistants

Audiologists

Cytotechnologists

Med. Technologists and Med. Laboratory Technicians

Medical Sonographers

Medical Assistants

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

Cardiovascular Technologists

Dieticians and Dietetic Technicians

Surgical Technologists

Physician Assistants

Radiation Therapists

Radiologic Technologists

Health Information Technologists

Examples:


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Current Identified Shortages

  • NC Hospital Association 2006 Hospital Workforce Study

    • Pharmacists

    • Laboratory Technicians

    • Physical/Occupational Therapists

    • PT Assistant

    • Respiratory Therapists

    • Radiology Technicians

    • Surgical Technicians

    • Health Information Specialists


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Current Shortages, continued

  • Community College Survey

    • Radiologic Technologists

    • Respiratory Therapists

    • Medical Assistants

    • Pharmacy Technicians

    • Dentists

    • Imaging (CAT scan / MRI)


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US Bureau of Labor Statistics Projections of Percent Increase in Employment between 2002 and 2012

Medical Assistants (63.2%)

Physician Assistants (54.1%)

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (51.9%)

Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides (46.5%)

Dental Hygienists (43.5%)

Dental Assistants (43.4%)

Occupational Therapists (42.3%)

Physical Therapists (38.3%)

Respiratory Therapists (35.1%)

Pharmacists (21.1%)

Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians (20.7%)

Projections


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Factors Contributing to Shortage Increase in Employment between 2002 and 2012

  • Advances in treatment and diagnosis

  • Improved survival rates after trauma and serious illness

  • Increased acuity of patient illness in hospitals

  • Population growth

  • Increased population among older Americans who require more healthcare intervention

  • Changes in settings where care is administered (home healthcare, outpatient treatment centers, etc.)

  • Changes in staffing patterns to control personnel costs

  • Specific shortages may arise in response to government- mandated reimbursement requirements (coding, for example)

  • Maldistribution of healthcare practitioners geographically

  • Visibility issues


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What Community Colleges are Doing Increase in Employment between 2002 and 2012

  • Programs Offered (handout)

  • Attempts to add additional programs and expand programs

  • Collaborative agreements between colleges

  • http://www.ncccs.cc.nc.us/Programs/docs/Education-Catalog/2007Chart.pdf.


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Suggested Approaches to Address Shortages Increase in Employment between 2002 and 2012

  • Continued, more extensive collaborations between colleges

  • Collaboration between colleges and healthcare providing institutions

  • Federal government support for Allied Health Education


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Guidelines for Advising Prospective Students Increase in Employment between 2002 and 2012

  • Academic Readiness Essential

    • Math

    • Reading/English

    • Science

  • Highly structured programs

  • Costs beyond tuition

  • Dependable transportation required

  • Professional demeanor is modeled and is expected


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The Rewards Increase in Employment between 2002 and 2012

  • Job Security

  • Professional Growth Opportunities

  • Healthcare Professional

  • Personally and Emotionally Rewarding


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Questions? Increase in Employment between 2002 and 2012


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