Allied health services to nephrology: an audit of current workforce and meeting future challenges

Campbell, Katrina L. and Murray, Eryn M. (2013) Allied health services to nephrology: an audit of current workforce and meeting future challenges. Journal of Renal Care, 39 1: 52-61. doi:10.1111/j.1755-6686.2012.00330.x


Author Campbell, Katrina L.
Murray, Eryn M.
Title Allied health services to nephrology: an audit of current workforce and meeting future challenges
Journal name Journal of Renal Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-6678
1755-6686
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1755-6686.2012.00330.x
Open Access Status
Volume 39
Issue 1
Start page 52
End page 61
Total pages 10
Place of publication Paris, France
Publisher European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association * European Renal Care Association
Collection year 2014
Formatted abstract
Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the breadth and depth of the allied health workforce providing renal services in Queensland, Australia.

Methods: Workforce statistics were reported for allied health renal services (excluding transplant) across all 14 publically funded regions across Queensland, Australia. Dietetics, pharmacy, podiatry, psychology and social work were compared with workforce benchmarks capturing full-time equivalent (FTE) to dialysis patient numbers (1 FTE:diaysis patients).

Results: Wide variation was evident within and between professions. All services provided dietetics, with nine services meeting the benchmark, with an average (median) of 1:127 (range 1:36-1:207). Ten services provided pharmacy (1:245 [1:36-1:845]), twelve provided social work (1:191 [1:71-1:845]) and seven provided psychology services (1:396 [1:155-1:1690]). Only one-third of units funded podiatry services (1:1077 [1:143-1:4300]), none of which met benchmark.

Conclusion: There is a clear disparity in allied health workforce across in this region, with the vast majority below benchmark recommendations. In light of increasing demand for this area, it is timely to identify strategies for innovative workforce design to manage growth in allied health service needs into the future.
Keyword Audit
Chronic kidney disease
Nutrition/malnutrition
Psychosocial
Workforce
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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