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Research Projects - Estimation of Physician Specialist Need

Authors: Ann Homola


This case study compares methods of estimating the number of physician specialists needed to care for the patient population in a given market (physician workforce study) and contrasts the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. Although alternative methods attempt to incorporate local demographics, geographic differences, and local health status information into the supply assessment, the source of data for the demand assessment is different. This analytic project determines the similarities and differences in each approach to physician workforce planning and evaluates how these factors may influence recommendations produced through each method of forecasting.


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