Physicians report shortages by staff role: survey

The Physicians Foundation released its 2022 survey of physicians across the country and found which staff roles physicians are experiencing the largest shortages of. 

The study is composed of responses from 1,501 employed and independent physicians. 

Overall, employed physicians encountered higher shortages than independent physicians, according to the survey. 

Percentage of surveyed physicians who reported shortages across staffing roles, by practice type:

Registered nurses

- 92 percent of employed physicians 

- 81 percent of independent physicians

Nursing assistants 

- 89 percent of employed physicians 

- 78 percent of independent physicians

Licensed clinical social workers

 - 87 percent of employed physicians 

 - 74 percent of independent physicians

Physicians 

- 87 percent of employed physicians 

- 74 percent of independent physicians

Licensed practical nurses 

- 86 percent of employed physicians

- 70 percent of independent physicians

Patient care technicians 

- 85 percent of employed physicians

- 71 percent of independent physicians

Receptionists and administrative assistants

 - 84 percent of employed physicians 

 - 75 percent of independent physicians

Certified nurse specialists 

- 82 percent of employed physicians 

- 67 percent of independent physicians

Laboratory technicians

 - 83 percent of employed physicians 

 - 63 percent of independent physicians

Surgical assistants

 - 77 percent of employed physicians

 - 63 percent of independent physicians

Nurse practitioners 

- 73 percent of employed physicians

- 59 percent of independent physicians

Physician assistants 

- 73 percent of employed physicians

- 60 percent of independent physicians

Medical billers and coders 

- 71 percent of employed physicians

- 64 percent of independent physicians

Certified registered nurse anesthetists

 - 67 percent of employed physicians 

 - 58 percent of independent physicians

Transcriptionists

 - 64 percent of employed physicians

 - 49 percent of independent physicians

Certified nurse midwives 

- 63 percent of employed physicians

- 47 percent of independent physicians 

 

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