Comparing status quo and alternative models of primary care to better gauge future workforce requirements

The Foundation's Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative was designed to provide funding for interdisciplinary studies that address critical gaps in what is known about nursing quality and for the synthesis, translation, and dissemination of results to key stakeholders.This project will synthesize current measures of primary care staffing and compare this status quo with the primary care staffing needs in two new models of primary care: the primary care medical home and nurse-managed health center. Although existing studies document the efficacy of primary care and the important role of nurses in primary care, it is unclear how many and what types of providers are required to meet current and future demands on the primary care workforce. Prior studies to address this question used models that assume continuation of the current organization of primary care delivery and do not account for alternative models of care, including the potential role of nurses and other non-physician providers. The impact on staffing of these alternative models of primary care delivery has never been quantified.Expected deliverables include a report, a research brief that can be posted on, and a presentation at AcademyHealth.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $53,662.00

Awarded on: 4/2/2012

Time frame: 4/15/2012 - 5/14/2013

Grant Number: 69903


Rand Corporation

1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, 90401-2138


David I. Auerbach
Project Director