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1 Allied Health Workforce Shortages Sally Whitten, M.Ed., PT Central Piedmont Community College

2 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

3 Examples: 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

4 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

5 Current Shortages, continued Community College Survey Radiologic Technologists Respiratory Therapists Medical Assistants Pharmacy Technicians Dentists Imaging (CAT scan / MRI)

6 Projections 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%)

7 Factors Contributing to Shortage 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

8 What Community Colleges are Doing Programs Offered (handout) Attempts to add additional programs and expand programs Collaborative agreements between colleges ucation-Catalog/2007Chart.pdf. ucation-Catalog/2007Chart.pdf

9 Suggested Approaches to Address Shortages Continued, more extensive collaborations between colleges Collaboration between colleges and healthcare providing institutions Federal government support for Allied Health Education

10 Guidelines for Advising Prospective Students  Academic Readiness Essential  Math  Reading/English  Science  Highly structured programs  Costs beyond tuition  Dependable transportation required  Professional demeanor is modeled and is expected

11 The Rewards Job Security Professional Growth Opportunities Healthcare Professional Personally and Emotionally Rewarding

12 Questions?

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