ERIC Number: ED201777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
The Information Gap in Allied Health Manpower.
Holmstrom, Engin Inel
A study examined the extent of the deficit of data concerning allied health fields supply and requirements to determine the kinds of data and studies needed to improve the data base for health and allied health education. At present, data deficits exist in the areas of allied health occupations labor supply and requirements, future health needs, and educational needs. Current manpower forecasting models, which vary in scope, methodology, and assumptions, tend to concentrate on single occupations, usually ignoring other health professionals who can and may be providing the same services. Deficiencies and shortcomings of allied health manpower information have discouraged any attempt to treat health care delivery as a system. This hampers development of efficient and productive data collection procedures. Development of guidelines for well-coordinated research and data collection is essential in the areas of supply and requirements, distribution, utilization, and productivity. Enumerative, descriptive, and analytic information is needed in all four needs areas to plan and insure optimal utilization of resources. (A postscript contains suggestions for making decisions without ideal data.) (MN)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, Allied Health Occupations Education, Data Bases, Data Collection, Definitions, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Health Needs, Information Needs, Labor Force, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Models, Needs Assessment, Research Design, Research Needs, Research Problems, State of the Art Reviews
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Div. of Associated Health Professions.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.