Table 7-1 Estimates of the Supply of Selected Physician Types Available to Provide or Ensure the Provision of Psychosocial Health Services


Type of Physician Specialty Credential or Membership Status Amount

Internal
Medicine
Board certifieda (2006)
Member of American College of Physiciansb (2006)
186,868
120,000
Family
Medicine
Board certifiedc (2006)
Member of American Academy of Family Physiciansd (2006)
66,421
94,000
Pediatrics Board certifiede (2005)
Member of American Academy of Pediatricsf (2006)
84,826
60,000
Psychiatry Board certifiedg (2005)
Member of American Psychiatric Associationh (2006)
43,850
35,000
Medical
Oncology
Board certifieda (2006)
Member of American Society of Clinical Oncologyi (2006)
10,016
20,000
Pediatric
Hematology-Oncology
Board certifiede (2006)
Member of American Society of Pediatric Hematology/
  Oncologyj (2006)
1,884
1,000

NOTE: Estimates of board-certified physicians are based on the number of valid certificates issued, and may not accurately reflect the number of currently practicing physicians in the United States. Also, because provider types may be credentialed as well as licensed or hold more than one credential, the numbers in each category are not mutually exclusive.

SOURCE: Numbers of board-certified physicians come from the aAmerican Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM, 2006a); cAmerican Board of Family Medicine (ABFM, 2006c); eAmerican Board of Pediatrics (ABP, 2006b); and gAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN, 2006b). Professional organization membership comes from the bAmerican College of Physicians (ACP, 2006); dAmerican Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP, 2006); fAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, 2006); hPersonal communication, Lisa Corchado, American Psychiatric Association, September 4, 2007; iAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO, 2006); and jAmerican Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO, 2006).

related professional societies. Table 7-2 shows the numbers of other health care personnel—generally those licensed and credentialed by relevant professional societies.

In addition to these licensed professionals, there are a host of other employed providers of psychosocial services that constitute a large and critical sector of the health care workforce. This sector includes individuals with bachelor’s degrees, high school diplomas, or lesser education who are involved in diverse caregiver roles. They may provide information, transportation, financial advice, or case management, or may function as navigators in systems of care. They may also provide in-home support for activities of daily living and other services. Virtually no data or information is available about the numbers of these individuals or their characteristics, training, or performance. Finally, complementing the employed workforce



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