Subspecialty distributions of ophthalmologists in the workforce.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To describe the distribution of the supply and requirements for subspecialty ophthalmologists. METHODS: Estimates from the Eye Care Workforce Study were used to provide subspecialty-based assessments of the supply and public health need, as well as market demand, for care provided by subspecialists. Reconciliation with the boundary models (optometry first, ophthalmology first) of the Eye Care Workforce Study and current market status also were performed. RESULTS: Whether subspecialists are in excess depends first on which boundary model most closely approximates the current market conditions. Under an optometry-first model, 70% of all ophthalmologists are in excess, although subspecialists (39%) are relatively less in excess than comprehensive ophthalmologists (91% excess). Under an ophthalmology-first model, no ophthalmologists would be in excess. Extrapolating from current market conditions, a slight excess of ophthalmologists exists, probably proportional across subspecialists and comprehensive ophthalmologists. Future growth in the ophthalmologist supply will be almost entirely among subspecialists. CONCLUSION: Under current market conditions, substantial excesses in subspecialist ophthalmologists are likely to develop and grow worse over time, given current training levels.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lee, PP; Relles, DA; Jackson, CA

Published Date

  • July 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 116 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 917 - 920

PubMed ID

  • 9682706

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9950

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archopht.116.7.917


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States