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While Most Voters Are Aware of the State's Nursing Shortage, Few Know That the State Faces a Shortage of Allied Health Professionals
Date:6/27/2008

SAN FRANCISCO, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- While a large majority of California voters (69%) have seen, read or heard something about the state facing a shortage of nurses, less than one in four (24%) are aware that it is also facing a shortage of other health care professionals, such as lab technicians, medical records personnel, and physician assistants, also collectively referred to as "allied health professionals."

Voters express high levels of concern about the potential for staff shortages within the state's health care professions. More than three in four (76%) report being either very concerned or somewhat concerned about this. Many voters give their state and local elected officials poor marks in addressing the problem, with three times as many (38%) saying they are doing a poor or very poor job as feel they are doing an excellent or good job (12%).

There is a strong preference among the voting public (69% to 6%) to reduce the health worker shortages by attracting and training more workers from within California rather than bringing in more workers from out of state.

These are the main findings that come from a new statewide survey conducted among 800 California registered voters in May 2008 by Field Research Corporation. The poll was commissioned by Fenton Communications of San Francisco through a grant received from The California Wellness Foundation.

A majority recognizes that there is a shortage of nurses in California, but relatively few are aware of the similar shortage of other health professionals.

There is a relatively high level of awareness among California registered voters that the state is facing a shortage of nurses. Nearly seven in ten of the state's voters (69%) say they have seen, read or heard something about such a shortage.

By contrast, there is significantly less voter awareness that the state also faces a shortage of other health professionals, such as lab technicians, medical records perso
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