Workforce

The primary care workforce is dwindling. Healthcare professionals in the United States are avoiding primary care for a multitude of reasons.  Whether it be the excessive administrative burden, high rates of burnout, low reimbursement rates, or medical education emphasizing specialization, people are rapidly abandoning primary care. The lack of primary care clinicians creates large primary care deserts, especially in rural areas. Several state and federal programs attempt to offer incentives, to hopefully motivate people to pursue careers in primary care.  However at this point, the discrepancy remains. 

Resources

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions | April 2013
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality | June 2010
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality | March 2013
Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) Screeners | January 1996
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality | November 2010

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Care Delivery & Integration

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