Regionalization of emergency care future directions and research: workforce issues

Acad Emerg Med. 2010 Dec;17(12):1286-96. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2010.00938.x.


The provision of emergency care in the United States, regionalized or not, depends on an adequate workforce. Adequate must be defined both qualitatively and quantitatively. There is currently a shortage of emergency care providers, one that will exist for the foreseeable future. This article discusses what is known about the current emergency medicine (EM) and non-EM workforce, future trends, and research opportunities.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference

MeSH terms

  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Medicine* / education
  • Emergency Medicine* / organization & administration
  • Health Care Rationing*
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Health Workforce*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • Medical Staff, Hospital
  • Nurses
  • Patient Care / methods*
  • Personnel Turnover
  • Rural Health Services
  • United States