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Is There A Doctor in the House? An Examination of the Physician Workforce in California over the Past 25 Years

California citizens and lawmakers should be aware of how the state's physicians have responded to the dramatic changes in health care in the United States over the past 25 years. This report presents...

Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Brian Quinn, Timothy Brown, Richard Scheffler, Nicholas C. Petris
Date: June 11, 2004

Legal and Regulatory Obligations to Provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Emergency Department Services

Language and cultural barriers to medical care are a large and growing problem in the United States. A number of federal and state laws, as well as professional and accreditation standards, require...

Author(s): Elizabeth A Jacobs, Alice Hm Chen, Leah Karliner, Julia Puebla Fortierd, Sunita Mutha
Date: Jun 2004

Medical Assistants in California

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health care practitioners who are trained to assist physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners with administrative and/or clinical duties in an...

Author(s): Stephanie Taché, Susan A. Chapman
Date: May 2004

How Much Public Health in Public Health Nursing Practice?

Public health nursing (PHN) practice is defined by an emphasis on population health issues rather than individually focused clinical interventions, but the actual scope and focus of PHN practice have...

Author(s): Kevin Grumbach, Janet Miller, Eliabeth Mertz, Len Finocchio
Date: May 1, 2004

Nurse Staffing and Hospital Ownership in California

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to describe the relationship between nurse staffing and owner type or specific corporate owner in California acute care hospitals. BACKGROUND: Little empirical...

Author(s): Jean Ann Seago, Joanne Spetz, Shannon Mitchell
Date: May 1, 2004

California’s Nursing Labor Force: Demand, Supply, and Shortages (2004)

This report provides a descriptive overview of the nursing labor market with a focus on the institutions and regulations that affect the labor market. The authors provide in-depth information about...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Jordan Rickles, Paul Ong
Date: January 30, 2004

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in California

EMTs and Paramedics are essential members of the health care workforce. They are an intrinsic part of California's and the nation's emergency medical system. This issue brief examines this workforce...

Author(s): Patricia Franks, Nona Kocher, Susan A. Chapman
Date: Jan 2004

Caregiver Training Initiative: Final Process and Outcome Evaluation Report

The intent of the Caregiver Training Initiative (CTI) was to increase the number of health caregivers in the State of California. This initiative, which is part of the State’s Aging with Dignity...

Author(s): Ruth Matthias, Susan A. Chapman, Jordan Rickles, Ellen Morrison, Paul M. Ong, A.E. (Ted) Benjamin, Robert Newcomer
Date: December 8, 2003

The Future Of The Nurse Shortage: Will Wage Increases Close The Gap?

In recent years the U.S. media have been reporting a shortage of registered nurses (RNs). In theory, labor-market shortages are self-correcting; wage increases will bring labor markets into...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Ruth Given
Date: December 1, 2003

2002 Wage and Vacancy Survey of Medical Laboratories Part II: Modest Easement of Staffing Shortage

Part I of the 2002 Wage and Vacancy Study appeared in the September issue of Laboratory Medicine.1 That report focused on the response rates by laboratory type and the wages associated with 12...

Author(s): Kory Ward-Cook, Susan A. Chapman, Suzanne Tannar
Date: October 13, 2003