Staffing a Barrier to Palliative Care Growth
Posted on Monday, March 9, 2020 12:58 PM
The number of hospices and other entities providing palliative continues to grow, the constant barrier is the lack of staff to provide these services. According to an April 2018 study, the U.S. has 13.35 hospice care staff for every 100,000 adults over the age of 65. Research suggest that by 2040, the need for these caregivers will grow to almost 24,000, while estimated supply is of these specialists is projected to be between 8,100 to 19,000.
“The workforce pipeline is a crisis for both hospice and palliative care. It is very clear to us that there will never be enough of a specialist trained workforce to even begin to meet the exploding need for palliative care and hospice services,” Diane Meier, M.D., executive director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) said in a recent Hospice News webinar. “We have got to step into the bridge and try to compensate for the failure of medical and nursing ]schools to teach future generations of clinicians how to communicate about what matters most to patients how to manage common distressing symptoms, simply not part of our training.”
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