Strategic foresight, leadership, and the future of rural healthcare staffing in the United States

JAAPA. 2018 May;31(5):44-49. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000532119.06003.12.


This article uses a strategic foresight tool, megatrends, to examine forces influencing long-term healthcare staffing in the rural United States. Two megatrends-exponential advances in science and technology and the continued evolution of the decentralized global marketplace-will influence and ultimately help shape the future of rural healthcare. Successful health ecosystems of the future will need to be customer-driven, more affordable, and tech-savvy. Successful evolution in an era of continuous change will require a blend of intentional engagement with stakeholders, strategic foresight, and future-focused leadership. More research is needed to fully understand not only the challenges of rural healthcare but also the emerging opportunities.

MeSH terms

  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling / organization & administration
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling / trends*
  • Politics
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration
  • Rural Health Services / trends*
  • United States