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Table 5 Data requirements for making use of each of the different documented methodologies

From: Handling healthcare workforce planning with care: where do we stand?

Methodology Indicators Data requirements
Supply Stock of licensed providers Baseline stock, age/sex distribution, growth projections High
  Annual additions to licensed stocksGraduates, in-migration (foreign-trained, immigrantes, on temporary work permits), returned to profession  
  Education/training programmesNumber of programmes and students enrolled, attrition rates, years to complete programme, number of graduates, costs  
  Annual attritions to licensed stocksRetirements, mortality, career changes, emigration, abroad  
Productivity Labour market Occupational participation rates, occupational employment rates, employment projections, vacancy rates, turnover rates, wage rates, productivity growth, cyclical factors, alternative career options High
  Employment statusFull-time, part-time, casual, full-time equivalent (FTE), average hours worked, direct patient care hours, no longer practising, not licensed in jurisdiction  
Skill mix Government policy variablesHHR education funding, alternative delivery modes, licencing regulations, professional roles/deployment, recruitment/retention strategies, immigration policy, remuneration rates/types, HHR capacity-building High
Worker-to-population ratios Health labour workforce Number of active and employed physicians and nurses Low
Economic Population demographicsTotal population, age/sex distribution, births/deaths, population projections High
  Socio-economic variablesDisposable income, GDP growth projections, ethnic factors  
Needs Population health statusAge/sex mortality, morbidity, acuity High
  EpidemiologyIncidence and prevalence rates, hospital discharges, health patterns of the population  
Service targets Utilization patternsNumber of occupied beds, number of inpatients and outpatients, number of surgeries/screenings/consultations performed, etc. Low to high