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Retooling the Health Care Workforce for an Aging America: A Current Perspective

Journal Article Data Collection & Quality
October 23, 2020

A 2008 Institute of Medicine report outlined goals for preparing the healthcare workforce for an aging society, including a quality direct care workforce. This report updated many of the numbers and projections and tracked progress on these goals. Many of the goals remain unmet, including around address direct care job quality and the direct care workforce shortage.

Key Takeaways

The Insitute of Medicine outlined goals for preparing our healthcare workforce for an aging society in 2008.
These goals included improving job quality for direct care workers and addressing the workforce shortage.
Most of the 2008 goals, including those relevant to the direct care workforce, remain unmet.

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