TABLE 7-1 Estimates of the Supply of Selected Physician Types Available to Provide or Ensure the Provision of Psychosocial Health Services

Type of Physician Specialty

Credential or Membership Status


Internal Medicine

Board certifieda (2006)

Member of American College of Physiciansb (2006)



Family Medicine

Board certifiedc (2006)

Member of American Academy of Family Physiciansd (2006)




Board certifiede (2005)

Member of American Academy of Pediatricsf (2006)




Board certifiedg (2005)

Member of American Psychiatric Associationh (2006)



Medical Oncology

Board certifieda (2006)

Member of American Society of Clinical Oncologyi (2006)



Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Board certifiede (2006)

Member of American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncologyj (2006)



NOTE: Estimates of board-certified physicians are based on the number of valid certificates issued, and may not accurately reflect the number of currently practicing physicians in the United States. Also, because provider types may be credentialed as well as licensed or hold more than one credential, the numbers in each category are not mutually exclusive.

SOURCE: Numbers of board-certified physicians come from the

aAmerican Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM, 2006a);

cAmerican Board of Family Medicine (ABFM, 2006c);

eAmerican Board of Pediatrics (ABP, 2006b); and

gAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN, 2006b).

Professional organization membership comes from the

bAmerican College of Physicians (ACP, 2006);

dAmerican Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP, 2006);

fAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, 2006);

hPersonal communication, Lisa Corchado, American Psychiatric Association, September 4, 2007;

iAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO, 2006); and

jAmerican Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO, 2006).

related professional societies. Table 7-2 shows the numbers of other health care personnel—generally those licensed and credentialed by relevant professional societies.

In addition to these licensed professionals, there are a host of other employed providers of psychosocial services that constitute a large and critical sector of the health care workforce. This sector includes individuals with bachelor’s degrees, high school diplomas, or lesser education who are involved in diverse caregiver roles. They may provide information, transportation, financial advice, or case management, or may function as navigators in systems of care. They may also provide in-home support for activities of daily living and other services. Virtually no data or information is available about the numbers of these individuals or their characteristics, training, or performance. Finally, complementing the employed workforce

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