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Identifying Communities with Low Dentist Supply in California

OBJECTIVES: This study estimates the supply and geographic distribution of dentists in California and examines the community characteristics associated with supply of dentists. METHODS: The number of...

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz, Kevin Grumbach
Date: June 1, 2001

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Nursing

The racial and ethnic composition of the registered nurse (RN) workforce in California is not at parity with the composition of the population. We find that the underrepresentation of African...

Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Emily Rosenoff, Kevin Grumbach
Date: May 2001

What Should We Expect from California’s Minimum Nurse Staffing Legislation?

In 1999, California passed the first legislation in the United States to establish minimum staffing levels in hospitals for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed vocational nurses. The author provides...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: March 1, 2001

Diversifying the Nursing Workforce: A California Imperative

Today, for a host of internal and external factors, many of the health professions appear to be losing their appeal to potential workers. Nursing, nationwide and in California, has become a pressing...

Author(s): Catherine Dower, Tina McRee, Bram Briggance, Ed O'Neil
Date: February 1, 2001

The Practice of Medicine in California: A Profile of the Physician Workforce

Widely distributed to policymakers in California and nationally, this report offered a comprehensive profile of the California physician workforce in the year 2000. Using existing and original data,...

Author(s): Catherine Dower, Tina McRee, Kevin Grumbach, Bram Briggance, Sunita Mutha, Janet M. Coffman, Karen Vranizan, Andrew Bindman, Ed O'Neil
Date: Feb 2001

Nursing in California: A Workforce Crisis

For a host of complex and interrelated reasons California may not have adequate numbers of nurses with appropriate skills over the coming decades. This problem is just rising to the attention of the...

Author(s): Janet M. Coffman, Joanne Spetz, Jean Ann Seago, Emily Rosenoff, Ed O'Neil
Date: Jan 2001

Distribution of Medicaid Dental Services in California

In California, approximately 4.5 million Medicaid beneficiaries are eligible for dental services, yet fewer than half (44%) utilize these services on an annual basis. While several factors may...

Author(s): Carolyn Manuel-Barkin, Elizabeth Mertz, Kevin Grumbach
Date: December 1, 2000

Improving Oral Health Care Systems in California: A Report of the California Dental Access Project, 2000

California and the nation now face an oral disease situation that is of a crisis nature. The situation has developed over several decades and involves a complex set of problems, institutions,...

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz, Carolyn Manuel-Barkin, Beverly Isman, Ed O'Neil
Date: Dec 2000

Minimum Nurse Staffing Ratios in California Acute Care Hospitals

As California implements its minimum staffing legislation, it becomes increasingly important that researchers continue to examine the relationship between RN staffing and quality of care. Research...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz, Jean Ann Seago, Janet Coffman, Emily Rosenoff, Ed O'Neil
Date: December 1, 2000

Hospital Use of Nursing Personnel: Holding Steady Through the 1990s

In a March 1998 Journal of Nursing Administration article, I reported that nurse staffing did not, in fact, decline through 1996 in California, where concerns about nurse staffing have been prominent...

Author(s): Joanne Spetz
Date: Jul 2000