Shortages of rural mental health professionals.

Published

Journal Article

This study presents a conceptual model of the supply and demand for mental health professionals. It uses national data to profile differences in the supply of mental health professionals in different types of rural and urban areas. It contrasts the availability of general health and mental health professionals. It examines shortage areas identified in 2000 and their related community characteristics. Because of the absence of data on a national level to describe many types of mental health professionals state licensure data for one state were used to show the volume and distribution of these practitioners. To improve rural mental health service delivery it will be necessary to implement system changes to promote the increased availability, competency, and support of rural health professionals.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Merwin, E; Hinton, I; Dembling, B; Stern, S

Published Date

  • February 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 42 - 51

PubMed ID

  • 12642887

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12642887

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8228

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0883-9417

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1053/apnu.2003.1

Language

  • eng