ERIC Number: ED265051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Location Patterns of Minority and Other Health Professionals.
Spratley, Ernell; Drabek, John
Descriptions of the number and distributions of minority physicians, dentists, and pharmacists within certain geographically and demographically defined areas are provided. Data from the Bureau of the Census for the 1980 Decennial Census were used in examining distribution patterns of minority and non-minority practitioners by geographic region, number of inhabitants, poverty status of the area, and primary care manpower shortage area designation status. Where possible, practitioner-to-population ratios by race/ethnicity are also presented for localities. This study's findings indicate: (1) Asians outnumbered other minority groups, especially within the physician supply; (2) uneven distribution patterns occurred among geographic regions of the country regardless of race/ethnicity; (3) all racial/ethnic professionals were disproportionally located in heavily populated areas, but minority health professionals were more likely than white health professionals to reside in the most populous counties; and (4) an overwhelming majority of all health professionals resided in counties which were not classified as high poverty areas. Numerous tables are contained throughout the text and in the appendix. (ML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Health Professions.