Changing Practice Patterns of Obstetricians/Gynecologists in New York
The Center has just completed a report that details changes in the practice patterns of obstetricians/gynecologists in New York between 1995 and 2005. The Center’s study found that the supply and distribution of Ob/Gyns in the state is changing. There were fewer active Ob/Gyns in New York in 2004 than in 2000, with a number of upstate regions showing substantial declines in the number of practicing Ob/Gyns. Newly trained Ob/Gyns reported a weaker job market in 2002 than they did in 1998. Active Ob/Gyns indicated plans to retire or reduce hours at much higher rates than other medical specialties, and also at a younger age. Some of the changes described may be attributed, in part, to demographic changes in the state’s population that have resulted in declining demand for some Ob/Gyn services. However, declines in the number of active Ob/Gyns, could signal potential shortages of providers that may reduce access to Ob/Gyn services for women residing in many parts of the state. Download report.
Study of Licensed Social Workers in the U.S.
The Center, in collaboration with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), recently completed a major study of licensed social workers in the U.S. This study was supported by funding by the John Hartford Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A survey of 10,000 licensed social workers from across the 50 states and Washington, D.C. was conducted. The survey had three components; a basic section to be completed by all respondents, a supplement on social workers serving older adults, and a section for social workers serving children and adolescents. Several reports, based on the survey results, were produced:
- A full report on all respondents to the survey is posted to the Center’s website at:
- Reports providing detailed information about survey respondents either by practice area (health care or mental health) or population served (older adults or children and adolescents) are posted to NASW’s website at:
Imaging Professions in the U.S. in 2004: An Overview
The Center recently released a report on the medical imaging field and the workforce that supports it. Medical imaging has changed dramatically in the last two decades. It has been transformed from a single medical specialty (radiology) dealing with static x-ray images used exclusively for diagnostic purposes, into a field with multiple imaging technologies that include cross-sectional and three-dimensional images, dynamic images of physiological processes, and a growing number of therapeutic treatments. The report describes many of the new and important imaging technologies and processes, and provides basic data on the several health professions that comprise the field. Download report.
Practice Patterns of Underrepresented Minority Nurse Practitioners in New York
This paper, recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, analyzed data from a survey of nurse practitioners (NPs) in New York in 2000 to describe differences in their practice patterns by race and ethnicity. The study found that NPs from underrepresented minority (URM) groups were more likely than non-URM NPs to work in hospitals, community health centers, and schools, but less likely to work in physician offices and NP practices. URM NPs were also substantially more likely to practice in primary care compared to non-URM NPs. Finally, URM NPs were more likely than non-URM NPs to practice in federally-designated health professional shortage areas.
McGinnis, S., Moore, J. & Continelli, T. (2006). Practice patterns of underrepresented minority nurse practitioners in New York State, 2000. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice 7(1), 35-44.
National Health Workforce Profile
The Center is completing work on the National Health Workforce Profile which provides up-to-date summary information on population demographics and health status; health services employment; and supply, educational pipeline trends, and demographic characteristics on more than 30 health professions. The report presents these data in the form of U.S. and regional maps and a variety charts and graphs, and features an appendix with detailed tables including comparative data across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Funding for this profile was provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services. The National Health Workforce Profile will be released in May.
New York State Resident Exit Survey
The Center has completed its 2005 survey of physicians graduating from residency programs based at New York teaching institutions. Between 1998 and 2003, the Center conducted this survey annually and published a report based on the findings. The summary reports detail the characteristics, job market experiences, and future plans of physicians completing their graduate medical training in New York. From this information, the Center has been able to develop a scale of relative demand for physicians by specialty – an invaluable assessment to help determine whether current or future physician shortages might exist. This survey moved to a biennial basis in 2005. A report summarizing the 2005 survey findings will be released in late spring.
Jean Moore, Director of the Center, attended the 9th International Medical Workforce Collaborative Conference in Melbourne, Australia last November and presented a paper entitled “Physician Retirement and Reduction of Practice Intentions in New York State, 1999-2005: An Indicator of Future Shortages?” The paper presented findings of a study that examined plans of New York physicians to retire or reduce hours in patient care by specialty in regards to gender, race, age, and geography. The Center will release a more detailed report of retirement trends for the state’s physicians over the summer.
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