Resource Spotlight: Predicting the Demand of Physician Workforce: An International Model Based on "Crowd Behaviors"
Appropriateness of physician workforce greatly influences the quality of healthcare. When facing the crisis of physician shortages, the correction of manpower always takes an extended time period, and both the public and health personnel suffer. To calculate an appropriate number of Physician Density (PD) for a specific country, this study was designed to create a PD prediction model, based on health-related data from many countries.
This study provided a regression-based PD model to calculate a "norm" number of PD for a specific country. A large PD discrepancy in a country indicates the needs to examine physician’s workloads and their well-being, the effectiveness/efficiency of medical care, the promotion of population health and the team resource management. [from abstract]
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The HRH Global Resource Center has other resources on this topic including:
- Using Staffing Ratios for Workforce Planing: Evidence on Nine Allied Health Professions
- Service Targets Staff Projection Tool: User Guide
- WISN: a Workforce Planning Tool with Unexpected Motivational Benefits
Past Resource Spotlights
- Survey of Sub-Saharan African Medical Schools
- HRH in Public Health Emergencies in Developing Countries: An Overview
- Positive Spill-Over Effects of ART Scale Up on Wider Health Systems Development