Locum tenens solve staffing problems

Physician Exec. 1989 Jul-Aug;15(4):26-8.


The use of locum tenens physicians (physicians who work temporary assignments) began decades ago when primary care physicians arranged coverage for their private practices while on vacation. Today, the placement of locum tenens physicians has evolved into a national business. The reason for the increase in the use of locum tenens physicians is because of the benefits they can offer. They can prevent a hospital, HMO, clinic, or physician practice from losing market share due to a gap in medical coverage.

MeSH terms

  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Employment*
  • Methods
  • Personnel Management*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling*
  • Physicians / supply & distribution*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Registries
  • United States