In 2010 the Massachusetts Health Workforce Center, in collaboration with the Primary Care Office, the Division of Health Professions Licensure, and other key stakeholders launched the Health Workforce Data Collection Initiative. The Initiative responds to a growing need for a comprehensive and data-driven picture of the Massachusetts healthcare workforce landscape.
As part of the 2010-2011 clinician license renewal process, Massachusetts licensed clinicians were asked to complete an online survey. Data obtained from the surveys highlight strengths and gaps in Massachusetts’ healthcare workforce capacity and provide a more comprehensive picture of the Massachusetts healthcare workforce.
Data was collected from seven disciplines: dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses. The surveys included demographic, education, employment characteristics, and future practice questions. Comprehensive data collection is integral to the development of policies and programs which will ensure the adequate supply and equitable distribution of clinicians. The data will contribute to government and non-government agencies healthcare workforce development planning. More specifically, the data will inform discussions about clinician education programs; clinician training; and recruitment and retention efforts. The subsequent policies and programs will aim to support a health care workforce that is qualified, diverse, and culturally and linguistically competent. Further, the Health Care Workforce Center looks to ensure that clinicians are adequately distributed throughout the state.
You can find the Massachusetts Health Professions Data Series reports (2010-2011) here. Reports were developed for each surveyed clinical discipline. Clinician renewal and data collection is on a biennial cycle. The data collection system has proven to be successful, with an over 90% response rate across disciplines during the most recent clinician license renewal.
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