Practices that show potential to achieve desirable public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting and produce early results that are consistent with the objectives of the activities and thus indicate effectiveness.

Using State Licensure Data to Assess North Carolina’s Health Workforce COVID-19 Response Capacity

Wilson, H., Galloway, E. M., Spero, J. C., Thomas, S., Long, J. C., Ricckets III, T.C., Fraher, E.P.

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Peer Review Study

Data Collection and Analysis
Healthcare Access and Quality
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Outside U.S.

Data Collection and Reporting

The purpose of this study was to provide healthcare decision-makers in North Carolina with information about the available health workforce in order to conduct workforce surge planning and to anticipate concerns about professional or geographic workforce shortages. Descriptive and cartographic analyses were conducted using licensure data to assess the supply of respiratory therapists, nurses, and critical care physicians. Licensure data were merged with population data and numbers of intensive care unit beds. Higher concentrations of healthcare workers were observed in urban areas. Critical care physicians were primarily based in areas with academic health centers.

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Outcomes of Interest

Improve Data Infrastructure, Improve Organizational Infrastructure

Priority Population(s)

People Living in Rural Areas

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