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The healthcare workforce

This thematic series in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research considers the healthcare workforce. The physicians, nurses, and other professionals who provide direct patient care are vital to the success of the health care systems within which they operate. Accordingly, policymakers around the world are deeply concerned about such issues as whether they have enough professionals, whether they are being adequately trained and their skills used to the fullest, and whether they are appropriately distributed between and within countries. This article collection explores how these and related issues are playing out, both in Israel and internationally.

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  1. Commentary

    Physician job satisfaction as a public health issue

    In Hirschman’s classic formulation, physicians can signal discontent with their conditions of work by “exiting” (leaving the profession or not entering it in the first place) or by giving “voice” to their conc...

    Richard L Kravitz

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:51

    Published on: 14 December 2012

  2. Commentary

    A first step in determining appropriate amounts of obstetric anesthesia work

    Ginosar, et al. describe a new performance indicator, the Obstetric Anesthesia Activity Index, to represent the current amount of obstetric anesthesia work done daily at each of 25 Israeli hospitals. The authors ...

    Swarup S Varaday and Barbara L Leighton

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:49

    Published on: 14 December 2012

  3. Original research article

    Comparison of the obstetric anesthesia activity index with total delivery numbers as a single denominator of workload demand in Israeli maternity units

    Obstetric anesthesia workload demand in Israel has increased due to both an increase in the requests for labor analgesia and a marked increase in the cesarean delivery rate. We propose a new workload-driven pe...

    Yehuda Ginosar, Alex Ioscovich, Charles Weissman, Ronit Calderon-Margalit and Carolyn F Weiniger

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:48

    Published on: 14 December 2012

  4. Commentary

    Planning and managing the physician workforce

    National planning and management of the physician workforce is a multifaceted, difficult, and even controversial activity. It is an important subset of overall health workforce planning and management, which c...

    Stephen C Schoenbaum

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:14

    Published on: 12 March 2012

  5. Commentary

    Israeli registered nurse workforce

    This commentary on the article by Nirel, Riba, Reicher and Toren, "Registered nurses in Israel - workforce employment characteristics and projected supply", describes major findings from this important Israeli...

    Greer Glazer

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:12

    Published on: 12 March 2012

  6. Original research article

    Medical specialty considerations by medical students early in their clinical experience

    Specialty selection by medical students determines the future composition of the physician workforce. Selection of career specialties begins in earnest during the clinical rotations with exposure to the clinic...

    Charles Weissman, Rachel Yaffa Zisk-Rony, Josh E Schroeder, Yoram G Weiss, Alex Avidan, Uriel Elchalal and Howard Tandeter

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:13

    Published on: 12 March 2012

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