Emergency medicine workforce issues affect hospital efficiency

J Med Pract Manage. Jul-Aug 2012;28(1):40-3.


Improving efficiency and quality in emergency departments is a crucial issue for hospital leaders and depends on changing physician performance. Shortages of residency-trained emergency physicians results in a need for collaborative staffing models and a continued reliance on physicians who trained in other specialties, especially family medicine. Healthcare executives need to identify the unique needs of their institutions, but also be aware of the strengths that family physicians possess in patient-centered care.

MeSH terms

  • Efficiency, Organizational*
  • Emergency Medicine* / standards
  • Emergency Service, Hospital* / standards
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Needs Assessment
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Personnel Selection
  • Physician's Role
  • Physicians, Family
  • Professional Competence
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Specialization
  • United States
  • Workforce