BMC Health Services Research is calling for submissions to our Collection on Health workforce planning.
Health workforce is the backbone of health systems, fundamental towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC), and meeting sustainable development goals (SDGs). Improving healthcare delivery and promoting timely access to care for all population groups depends on a strong and effective health workforce.
Availability, capacity, training, and performance of health workers vary a lot geographically. The inability to promptly deploy the right number of health personnel, with the right training and skillsets are available at the right place and at the right time to meet population needs, but at an acceptable cost and quality is a key issue negatively affecting the performance of health systems, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
Health workforce planning is a complex process, involving trade-offs between multiple professional goals in education, training and regulation, and numerous uncertainties (demographic, epidemiological and technological).
A strategic and evidence-based approach to health workforce planning is vital to respond to changing health needs, map healthcare supply, demand and skills of health workers and adapt them to population needs in the immediate present and future, and in the development and emergency contexts.
BMC Health Services Research welcomes submissions that present health workforce evidence-based planning actions, policies, and closely related research. We are interested in work that examines all aspects of planning and managing human resources for healthcare, particularly, the cost aspects of such strategic actions and analysis of the health labor market, initiatives to scale up education and training for health workers, approaches to reduce workforce imbalances and improve availability of health workforce data and evidence, strengthen staff performance, or enhance staff attraction and retention.
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