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November/December 2012 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
Date:11/12/2012

52,000 More Primary Care Physicians Needed by 2025 to Meet Anticipated Demand

Researchers project the United States will need 52,000 additional primary care physicians by 2025 a 25 percent increase in the current workforce to address the expected increases in demand due to population growth, aging, and insurance expansion following passage of the Affordable Care Act. Analyzing nationally representative data, the researchers conclude population growth will be the single greatest driver of increased primary care utilization, requiring approximately 33,000 additional primary care physicians by 2025, while 10,000 additional physicians will be needed to accommodate population aging. Insurance expansion, they estimate, will require approximately 8,000 additional primary care physicians, a 3 percent increase in the current workforce.

Projecting US Primary Care Physician Workforce Needs: 2010-2025
By Stephen M. Petterson, PhD, et al
The Robert Graham Center, Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, Washington, D.C.


Which Guidelines Belong in Primary Care Practice? The Case of Prostate Cancer Screening

Using the example of prostate cancer screening, researchers tackle the question of whether overextended primary care clinicians should adopt guidelines developed primarily by specialists when there is limited direct evidence of benefit. The authors argue there is no direct evidence that the benefits of starting PSA screening at age 40, as recently recommended by two specialty organizations, instead of the previously recommended age of 50. Although well-meaning, the specialty guidelines, they assert, distract primary care physicians from providing services with proven benefit and value for patients. They note the US Preventive Services Task Force currently recommends delivering 35 adult preventive services, for which it found high certainty of moderate or high net benefit services that investigators estimate
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