Health Care Workforce

  • Blog

    Americans' Financial Struggles, COVID-19 Vaccinations, Virtual Schools: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on Americans' ongoing financial struggles, how we can learn from the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, why virtual schools may be here to stay, and more.

    Dec 18, 2020

  • Health visitor and a senior woman during home visit, photo by FG Trade/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Elevating the Well-Being of Home Care Workers

    More than 2.3 million home care workers are responsible for caring for millions of Americans who are unable to fully care for themselves. It's worth considering policy options to provide them with better access to PPE, improved compensation, and formal recognition that their work is essential.

    Dec 10, 2020

  • A nurse checks the dosage on his digital tablet supervised by his staff nurse, photo by sturti/Getty Images

    Commentary

    More Could Be Spent on Recruiting and Training Cancer Staff if the NHS Is to Provide a World-Class Cancer Service

    Cancer is a leading cause of death in the UK. Action is needed now to recruit and train more NHS staff in certain key cancer-related roles if NHS is to meet its ambitions for improving cancer services over the next 10 years.

    Dec 10, 2020

  • Hospital administrator and medical staff in a hospital hallway, photo by sturti/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Can Primary Care Networks and Models of Vertical Integration Coexist in the NHS?

    Vertical integration with a hospital helps primary care practices that might otherwise have closed to remain in operation. It thereby creates the opportunity for the continued development and improvement of local primary care for patients.

    Dec 7, 2020

  • Medical staff listen to administration staff, photo by sturti/Getty Images

    Commentary

    How Hospitals Could Step in to Help Manage GP Practices

    The supply of doctors in primary care, known as 'GPs' in the UK, is falling behind a growing demand for their services, as GPs leave general practice in large numbers. One way to help struggling GP practices could be vertical integration—combining health care organizations operating at different stages along the patient pathway.

    Dec 1, 2020

  • Array of portraits of a diverse group of doctors, photo by JohnnyGreig/Getty Images

    Commentary

    When It Comes to U.S. Health Systems—Diversity Matters

    Health care systems are a powerful and relatively well-resourced stakeholder in the effort to eliminate inequities both among the health workforce and among patient populations. The deliberate practice of increasing diversity within the workplace may have the power to create significant, positive impacts on workplace culture and patient care.

    Sep 25, 2020

  • Man talking with his doctor online, photo by fizkes/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Moving on from Telehealth-by-Desperation: What Will Make Telehealth Stick

    During the COVID-19 pandemic telehealth has helped to maintain continuity of care for millions of Americans, preserve personal protective equipment, and facilitate social distancing. But that does not mean that telehealth will be embraced by patients and providers in the long run.

    Aug 18, 2020

  • Cropped shot of a group of surgeons performing a medical procedure in an operating room, photo by PeopleImages/Getty Images

    Commentary

    The Link Between Workplace Diversity and the Gender Pay Gap

    Many factors explain the gender earnings gap, including workplace biases, differences in how credit is attributed, and differences in how men and women negotiate. But another factor could influence the pay women receive: the number of men in their workplace.

    Aug 15, 2020

  • Man speaking to his psychologist via telemedicine, photo by Merlas/Getty Images

    News Release

    Telemedicine Can Help Safety-Net Providers Expand Specialized Medical Services

    Safety-net medical providers can substantially increase their telemedicine services with modest investments in new staff and technology, a move that can help them expand patients' access to specialized medical care.

    Jul 29, 2020

  • A therapist listens to a patient, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images

    News Release

    Integrating Behavioral Health Services into Medical Practices Faces Culture and Financial Barriers

    Integrating behavioral health services into physician medical practices raises cultural and financial barriers, but providing technical support and improved payment models may enhance the long-term sustainability of the approach.

    Jun 2, 2020

  • Man talks with mental health practitioner via telemedecine, photo by verbaska_studio/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Want to Stem the Rising Mental Health Crisis? Look Beyond the Usual Suspects for Help

    As the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects spread, concerns about mental health impacts continue to grow. Many communities and policymakers are desperate to stem the tide of unaddressed mental health needs, and with the right investments in training, task-shifting models have enormous potential to bolster available, accessible mental health services.

    May 12, 2020

  • Medical staff are seen at the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel Centre as the spread of COVID-19 continues, in London, Britain, April 14, 2020, photo by John Sibley/Reuters

    Commentary

    How COVID-19 May Affect NHS Staff

    COVID-19 may leave a long legacy of poor health and well-being in the National Health Service workforce. This could affect quality of care and the financial performance of the system. We need to ensure that NHS organizations provide significant support for health care workers.

    Apr 15, 2020

  • Blog

    COVID-19's Effects on Mental Health, Food Access, and Education: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on COVID-19 and mental health, food security challenges during the pandemic, supporting children while schools are closed, and more.

    Apr 3, 2020

  • A health care worker in protective equipment enters the Brooklyn Hospital Center during the COVID-19 outbreak in Brooklyn, New York, March 31, 2020, photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters

    Commentary

    Amidst a Pandemic, a Mental Health Crisis May Be Looming

    The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care workers' mental health could be significant and may weaken the health care system's ability to resolve the crisis and survive over the long term. Interventions to promote psychological well-being should be implemented now.

    Apr 1, 2020

  • Volunteers in protective suits disinfect a railway station as China tries to contain an outbreak of coronavirus, Changsha, Hunan province, February 4, 2020, photo by Stringer/Reuters

    Q&A

    Coronavirus Outbreak Intensifies: Q&A with RAND Experts

    Cases of the coronavirus have now spread to several dozens of countries, infecting thousands and thousands of people across the globe. With concerns about the disease rising, we asked a group of RAND researchers to answer a wide range of questions about the crisis.

    Mar 5, 2020

  • A young African American woman helping her father using a walker, photo by kali9/Getty Images

    News Release

    Federal Disability Payments Encourage More Caregiving Assistance from Family Members

    Federal disability benefits can lead to increases in other support for beneficiaries, such as in-kind assistance from adult children. They also increase the likelihood that children are paid for their in-kind assistance and enable children who provide that assistance to reduce the amount that they work.

    Dec 10, 2019

  • Family caregiver helping familymember into bed, photo by byryo/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Recognizing Family Caregivers as Part of the Health Care Team

    Recent shifts in health care practices have left family caregivers increasingly responsible for medical tasks. Given family caregivers' central role in medical care, there are efforts underway to improve family caregiver integration into the health care team, but there are barriers to effective integration and engagement.

    Nov 18, 2019

  • Senior Airman Rajonda Davis (left), 59th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician, discusses concerns with Capt. Abby Fields, 59th Medical Operations Squadron psychologist, during a mock Behavioral Health Optimization Program visit at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma/U.S. Air Force

    Commentary

    Review of Behavioral Health Technician Training, Policies, and Practice Identifies New Opportunities

    Behavioral health technicians are trained to be an essential part of the mental health clinical team, serving as provider extenders who work alongside and support licensed mental health providers. What are the factors that affect these roles? And how can the Military Health System most effectively incorporate them into mental health care settings?

    Oct 15, 2019

  • Hospital worker feeling overwhelmed, photo by Dean Mitchell/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Is Training for NHS Staff to Manage Workplace Violence Effective?

    Going to work should not mean being subjected to physical or verbal assault, but this is the reality faced by thousands of frontline NHS staff. De-escalation training may help staff manage patient violence and aggression, but there is not enough research about what works in specific healthcare contexts.

    Sep 4, 2019

  • Pen on Medical insurance statement, photo by Snehitdesign/Getty Images

    News Release

    California Rules to Limit Surprise Medical Bills Are Working, but Influence Insurer-Provider Bargaining

    A California law that limits the size of bills from out-of-network physicians for care delivered in hospitals appears to be protecting patients' financial liability. But it has shifted bargaining leverage in favor of insurance plans and had potential unintended consequences.

    Aug 12, 2019