Special Issue "The Future Health Workforce: Integrated Solutions and Models of Care"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Economics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2021).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: health services and health systems (including practice patterns, service provision, health workforce, integrated care); future trends in health care (including e-health, electronic health records, innovations); methodological issues (including mixed methods, national surveys, data linkage)
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The health workforce is a vital aspect of health systems, both essential in improving population/patient health outcomes and towards addressing contemporary issues such as universal health coverage (UHC) and sustainable development goals (SDGs). There is an increasing body of research that indicates if the health workforce were to be redesigned from the ground up—based on population needs—we would end up with a different configuration of the health workforce! This makes us wonder if one could design or develop innovative health workforce solution(s) for the future that is more responsive to meet population needs.
The 21st century presents several challenges to the health workforce and the health professions that require thoughtful consideration and analysis, to meet population needs. Health inequalities continue to exist both across and within countries, especially affecting vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Disease patterns are changing, with a rise in chronic conditions and non-communicable diseases. An increased life expectancy also presents us with the challenge of meeting care provisions for an ageing population. Workforce shortages, geographic maldistribution and international migration are omnipresent.
Health workforce solutions have been diverse and dependent on country- or context-specific scenarios. New health workforce personnel, as well as an improving scope of practice of existing personnel, have been widely debated as solutions. Of importance has been how different health personnel groups can work collaboratively as a team, and at different levels such as primary, secondary and tertiary care. Models of care specific to population groups (e.g. older people, children) as well as disease conditions (e.g. cancer, rehabilitation, oral health) are emerging, but with varied success.
In this special issue in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, we plan to bring together research that debates/provides innovative health workforce solutions directed towards meeting population needs, either in the form of integrated solutions or models of care. We also welcome articles that cover challenges at an education or regulation level required to facilitate such innovative health workforce solutions. Titled “The Future Health Workforce: Integrated Solutions and Models of Care”—we plan to include a wide range of health workforce articles that spreads across all health professions or disciplines (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and allied health). We encourage both quantitative as well as qualitative research articles, as well as systematic reviews. Well written articles displaying methodological rigor will be preferred. We welcome articles from different countries (low, middle and high income) as well as different contexts (populations or diseases).
We thank you for your interest in the special issue and look forward towards hearing from you.
Dr. Madhan Balasubramanian
Prof. Stephanie Short
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- health workforce
- integrated care
- models of care
- workforce planning
- patient-centric care
- workforce policy
- interdisciplinary education
- collaborative practice