- August 21st 2012
The U.S. physician work force is failing to keep pace with increasing demands for hospice and palliative care services as more people live longer with chronic diseases, said the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
From 8,000 to 10,000 physician specialists are needed to meet demands in hospice and palliative care programs nationwide, according to the AAHPM, a professional organization for hospice and palliative medicine physicians. But only 4,500 doctors specialize in the field, and training programs are expected to produce only an additional 4,600 specialists in the next 20 years, the academy said.
Physician shortages will worsen with the aging of the population, said AAHPM President Timothy Quill, MD, director of the palliative care program at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.
“Demand has grown faster than our ability to produce and train specialists,” Dr. Quill said.
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