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How do Stakeholders Perceive Labor Nurses' Influence on Birth Outcomes?

Background Childbirth is a leading reason for hospital admission in the USA, and most labor care is provided by registered nurses under physician or midwife supervision in a nurse-managed care model...

Author(s): Audrey Lyndon, Kathleen Rice Simpson and Joanne Spetz
Date: April 21, 2017

Thematic analysis of US stakeholder views on the influence of labor nurses’ care on birth outcomes

Childbirth is a leading reason for hospital admission in the USA and most labor care is provided by registered nurses under physician or midwife supervision in a nurse-managed care model. Yet, there...

Author(s): Audrey Lyndon, Kathleen Rice Simpson and Joanne Spetz
Date: April 20, 2017

Prescribing Practices by Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care Physicians: A Descriptive Analysis of Medicare Beneficiaries

Introduction Nurse practitioner (NP) prescribing continues to be a contentious policy issue, and studies systematically examining NP prescribing are lacking. The aim of this study was to conduct a...

Author(s): Ulrike Muench, Jennifer Perloff, Cindy Parks Thomas, Peter I. Buerhaus
Date: April 1, 2017

Review of Recent Literature on Peer Support Providers

This report updates a literature review on peer support providers prepared in 2015. Peer support workers fulfill a broad range of tasks ad job titles, in a broad range of mental health and substance...

Author(s): Alicia LaFrance, Lisel Blash,  Joanne Spetz and Susan Chapman
Source: UCSF
Date: March 23, 2017

California's Primary Care Workforce: Supply, Characteristics and Pipeline

Is California prepared to meet growing demand for primary care? This report is the first in a series of three Healthforce Center at UCSF reports that will provide information to help policymakers,...

Author(s): Janet Coffman, Igor Geyn and Kristine Himmerick
Date: February 16, 2017

Characteristic Differences Between School-Based Health Centers With and Without Mental Health Providers: A Review of National Trends

Minority racial/ethnic pediatric populations and those living in poverty are at greater risk of exposure to trauma, development of mental health disorders and school failure, yet are less likely to...

Author(s): Satu Larson, Joanne Spetz,  Claire D. Brindis and Susan Chapman
Date: February 14, 2017

New Roles for Medical Assistants in Innovative Primary Care Practices

This publication, which is part of a special issue for the journal Health Services Research on the evolving US health care workforce, describes innovative roles for medical assistants (MAs) in the...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman and Lisel K. Blash
Date: January 31, 2017

The State of the California Medical Laboratory Technician Workforce

California faces laboratory workforce shortages to meet the healthcare demands of the population. This national study compares the California MLT workforce to the rest of the country. The California...

Author(s): Kristine A. Himmerick, Ginachukwu Amah and Susan Chapman 
Date: January 30, 2017

Utilization of Community Health Workers in Emerging Care Coordination Models in California

Community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud are playing an increasingly important role in community-based and clinical care settings. This research, supported by the Blue Shield of...

Author(s): Susan Chapman, Onyi Okwandu, Jennifer Schindel and Jacqueline Miller
Date: January 24, 2017

Remote Monitoring Technologies in Long-Term Care: Implications for Care Team Organization and Training

There is a widely accepted observation that the current health care delivery model in the U.S was not developed to manage care needs associated with extended life expectancy and growing rates of...

Author(s): Aubri Kottek, Zoey Stafford, and Joanne Spetz
Date: January 5, 2017