ERIC Number: ED088324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
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Care and Cure: Health Curriculum for Current Needs. Regional Spotlight. Southern Regional Education Board, Vol. 3, No. 3, January/February 1974.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
How will the health professionals in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) region handle increased demands for health care? This document describes one course of action illustrated by current efforts to increase the supply of health personnel by a shortened curriculum in professional schools. Usually these programs offer only about 3 months less coursework than traditional programs but, by foregoing summer vacations, students can graduate in 3 years. Maldistribution, or the fact that physicians and other health personnel tend to congregate in urbanized areas and to avoid rural ones, is also a major factor in the delivery of dental care. The problem in nursing is the attrition rate, one of the highest of all professions. Given the expense of educating health personnel, the future of American health care appears to lie not in increasing numbers, but in a change in the working patterns of health personnel, patterns related to patient care and to others of the health care team. Preventive, comprehensive care; expanded roles for nurses and utilization of auxiliary personnel; and a team approach to health care--all applied within community settings--spell the future of American health care delivery, and the foci of many Southern curricula presented in this report. (Author/PG)
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Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.