Health reform is a continuing state and national issue, and demands will increase for various health care disciplines at varying levels of training. In Fall 1992, the Tennessee Board of Regents System (TBR) appointed a task force to conduct a study that would provide data and information to assist institutions and the TBR in making responsible decisions relative to programming in allied health. This study describes the employment status of various allied health professions at the national, regional, and Tennessee levels, provides current supply information for Tennessee, identifies areas of need, and gives Tennessee and national employment projections for twenty-five occupations grouped into seven major categories. Tennessee has fewer allied health care workers in most categories when compared to the nation, as well as significant shortages in several areas. State institutions are using this baseline data in institutional program planning. The study provides a model for similar longitudinal studies that could be performed by communities of interest.



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