Status of the anesthesia workforce in 2011: evolution during the last decade and future outlook

Schubert, Armin, Eckhout, Gifford V., Ngo, Anh L., Tremper, Kevin K. and Peterson, Mary D. (2012) Status of the anesthesia workforce in 2011: evolution during the last decade and future outlook. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 115 2: 407-427. doi:10.1213/ANE.0b013e3182575b4e


Author Schubert, Armin
Eckhout, Gifford V.
Ngo, Anh L.
Tremper, Kevin K.
Peterson, Mary D.
Title Status of the anesthesia workforce in 2011: evolution during the last decade and future outlook
Journal name Anesthesia and Analgesia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-2999
1526-7598
Publication date 2012-08-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1213/ANE.0b013e3182575b4e
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 115
Issue 2
Start page 407
End page 427
Total pages 21
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Abstract The purpose of this review is to present a comprehensive assessment of the anesthesia workforce during the past decade and attempt forecasting the future based on present knowledge. The supply of anesthesiologists has gradually recovered from a deficit in the mid to late 1990s. Current entry rates into our specialty are the highest in more than a decade, but are still below the level they were in 1993. These factors along with slower surgical growth and less capital available for expanding anesthetizing locations have resulted in greater availability of anesthesiologists in the labor market. Despite these recent events, the intermediate-term outlook of a rapidly aging population and greater access of previously uninsured patients portends the need to accommodate increasing medical and surgical procedures requiring anesthesia, barring disruptive industry innovations. Late in the decade, nationwide surveys found shortages of anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists to persist. In response to increasing training program output with stagnant surgical growth, compensation increases for these allied health professionals have moderated in the present. Future projections anticipate increased personnel availability and, possibly, less compensation for this group. It is important to understand that many of the factors constraining current demand for anesthesia personnel are temporary. Anesthesiologist supply constrained by small graduation growth combined with generation-and gender-based decrements in workforce contribution is unlikely to keep pace with the substantial population and public policy-generated growth in demand for service, even in the face of productivity improvements and innovation.
Keyword Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology
ANESTHESIOLOGY
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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