Scale, Causes, and Implications of the Primary Care Nursing Shortage

As the demand for health care consistently rises and many individuals, even within developed countries, lack access to primary care services, a better un-derstanding of how primary care is defined, the main causes of the primary care shortage both within the United States and across the globe, and key solutions to these issues are paramount. Upon review of the US and inter-national primary care literature, the authors first briefly discuss the fluidity of how primary care is defined and how it is applied in nations with differing levels of health care infrastructure. The main causes of the deficit both do-mestically and globally are then examined. Finally, upon careful review of the research produced within the past seven years, this article suggests strategies that maximize the primary care workforce: the effective use of technology, task shifting, interprofessional teams, and more consistent primary care data to build workforce strategies.


January 9, 2014

Topics: Innovations in Nursing / Nursing Education / Population Health / Professional Development

Resource type: Article/ Brief/ Summary

MacLean, Logan
Hassmiller, Susan
Shaffer, Franklin
Rohrbaugh, Kathleen
Collier, Tiffany
Fairman, Julie