Nephrology facing workforce shortage issue

By ASN Staff

“Finding young physicians interested in entering nephrology during the past decade has been like chasing ghosts. With retirement tugging on the white coat of those who have and continue to serve the older, more complicated patient, it is unclear what the future of the profession will look like. Not far behind them are nephrology nurses.”

“There are multiple issues at play here, and abysmal results from recruitment could not come at a worse time. People are living longer and demand more from health care professionals.

“Amidst the rising tide of [chronic kidney disease] CKD, the global nephrology workforce has shrunk and is failing to meet the growing health care needs of this vulnerable patient population,” Muhammad U. Sharif, Mohamed E. Elsayed, and Austin G. Stack, wrote in Clinical Kidney Journal. “In truth, this global shortage of nephrologists is seen in many parts of the world ... Moreover, many expert groups on workforce planning, as well as national and international professional organizations, predict further reductions in the nephrology workforce over the next decade, with potentially serious implications. Although the full impact of this has not been clearly articulated, what is clear is that the delivery of care to patients with CKD may be threatened in many parts of the world unless effective country-specific workforce strategies are put in place and implemented.”

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“Finding young physicians interested in entering nephrology during the past decade has been like chasing ghosts. With retirement tugging on the white coat of those who have and continue to serve the older, more complicated patient, it is unclear what the future of the profession will look like. Not far behind them are nephrology nurses.”

“There are multiple issues at play here, and abysmal results from recruitment could not come at a worse time. People are living longer and demand more from health care professionals.

“Amidst the rising tide of [chronic kidney disease] CKD, the global nephrology workforce has shrunk and is failing to meet the growing health care needs of this vulnerable patient population,” Muhammad U. Sharif, Mohamed E. Elsayed, and Austin G. Stack, wrote in Clinical Kidney Journal. “In truth, this global shortage of nephrologists is seen in many parts of the world ... Moreover, many expert groups on workforce planning, as well as national and international professional organizations, predict further reductions in the nephrology workforce over the next decade, with potentially serious implications. Although the full impact of this has not been clearly articulated, what is clear is that the delivery of care to patients with CKD may be threatened in many parts of the world unless effective country-specific workforce strategies are put in place and implemented.”

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018