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How Evidence-based Is US Dental Workforce Policy for Rural Communities?

Populations residing in rural America have lower rates of dental care utilization, higher rates of dental caries, less water fluoridation, and fewer dentists per capita when compared to those living...

Author(s): Miranda Werts, Ginachukwa Amah, and Elizabeth Mertz
Date: October 2, 2020

The Impact of Nurse Delegation Regulations on the Provision of Home Care Services: A Four-State Case Study

The objective of this study was to explore how home care workers and the agencies that employ them interact with their state’s nurse practice act in the provision of care. Using a qualitative case...

Author(s): Nancy Dudley, Jacqueline Miller, Mary Lou Breslin, Susan A. Chapman, and Joanne Spetz. 
Date: September 23, 2020

Medical Care Delivery in US Nursing Homes: Current and Future Practice

The delivery of medical care services in US nursing homes (NH) is dependent on a workforce comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners (NP), and physician assistants (PA). Each of these disciplines...

Author(s): Paul R Katz, Kira Ryskina, Debra Saliba, Andrew Costa, Hye-Young Jung, Laura M Wagner, Mark Aaron Unruh, Benjamin J Smith, Andrea Moser, Joanne Spetz, Sid Feldman, and Jurgis Karuza
Date: September 22, 2020

Dental Workforce Trends: A National Study of Gender Diversity and Practice Patterns

The dental workforce is increasingly gender diverse. This study analyzed gender differences in dental practice using the American Dental Association’s 2010-2016 Masterfile and the 2017 Survey of...

Author(s): Simona Surdu, Elizabeth Mertz, Margaret Langelier, and Jean Moore
Date: August 28, 2020

The Relationship Between Portable School‐Based Oral Health Prevention Services and Subsequent Oral Health Treatment

This study examines whether a portable, school‐based, preventive oral health program was associated with reduced use of treatment services over time. They obtained encounter data from Community...

Author(s): Nadereh Pourat, Xiao Chen, and Joanne Spetz
Date: August 20, 2020

Physician Workforce and Medical Education in California

This report presents an overview of California’s allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians. Allopathic medical schools grant the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, while osteopathic medical...

Author(s): Margaret Fix and Janet M. Coffman
Date: July 31, 2020

Oral Health Workforce and Education in California

Dentists are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat problems related to oral health. Common tasks include repairing or removing damaged teeth, filling cavities, performing root canals,...

Author(s): Connie Kwong and Janet M. Coffman
Date: July 31, 2020

Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Workforce and Education in California

Registered nurses (RNs) are the largest group of health care professionals in the United States. They work in a wide range of health care settings and provide a variety of services including acute...

Author(s): Connie Kwong and Janet M. Coffman
Date: July 31, 2020

Optometry Workforce and Education in California

Optometrists are health care professionals who have earned a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Common tasks performed by optometrists include conducting eye examinations, diagnosing vision problems (...

Author(s): Connie Kwong and Janet M. Coffman
Date: July 31, 2020

Pharmacist Workforce and Education in California

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who work with patients, physicians and other healthcare providers to ensure that patients receive the safest, most effective and least costly medications....

Author(s): Connie Kwong and Janet M. Coffman
Date: July 31, 2020