Hospitalist Workforce in the US is on a Growing Spree Interview with:

medicoreachLauren Williams
Marketing Manager and  Research Analyst
TwitterHandle: What is the driving force behind the research and market study for estimating the hospitalist number in the US?

Response: The existing physician’s database available in the industry comprises details that don’t specify the number of hospitalists in particular. As a result, it is turning out challenging to track and count the hospitalists amidst other specialties. There are a lot of incorrect estimations that are circulating, giving no clear picture.

In a vast and growing industry like healthcare, there is no scope for wrong data as it can mislead others. Even the Physician Masterfile that the American Medical Association (AMA) offers do not cover the complete hospitalist population. This is because earlier the hospitalist specialty was not a part of the list of physicians.

Hospitalists work as primary care providers specializing in inpatient medicine. They play a significant role, coordinating with specialist physicians and other healthcare professionals. As a caregiver, they provide quality hospital care and boosts efficiency through effective hospital resource allocation. And so, how can we let their presence go overlooked? Our research aimed to bring out their actual numbers before the industry. That is why our research team came up with the research and market study to fetch real facts. What methods were used to fetch data for the report?

Response: One of the common ways to understand the market is to conduct a survey. We did the same to get an exact number of hospitalists in the United States. Our study covered approximately 12,000 primary care physicians. Through the survey, we wanted to record the total capacity of primary care physicians. The recipients of the survey were mostly from specialties such as internal medicine, OB/GYN, family medicine, pediatrics, etc. Also, we used a sample database of US physicians to select the physicians. We divided this data based on various factors and concluded some factual findings. What are the findings of the research report?

Response: The research and the market study gave us the following numbers:

  • Out of all the survey respondents, about 8.9% hospitalists identified themselves.
  • 3% of respondents under the age of 45 years recognized themselves as a hospitalist.
  • 4% over the age of 45 years accepted that they work as a hospitalist.
  • There is a lot of age difference within primary care specialty.
  • In terms of gender, 16.8% of men fall under the age of 45 years vs. 9.9% of women in the same age who identified themselves as hospitalists.

Also, while trying to estimate the number of active hospitalists in the US as a whole, we took into consideration various factors. The data in use with reference to AMA Physician Masterfile reveals that there are around 20,100 to 23,900 hospitalists. They are working as general primary care physician in the US. In addition, we also found that the number of hospitalists practicing actively in the US ranges between 28,600 and 30,700. What was the take away from the report?

Response: The number of hospitalists that we have in the present physician database is inaccurate. They are growing in number, and the growth is going to continue in the days to come. However, there is no proper account of tracking this growth.

Our survey reveals quite a lot of unknown information about the hospitalist specialty. It shows an increasing graph of hospitalists across the industry. The rise in number is noticeable mostly within the general primary care specialty. Majority of the hospitalist population ranges between the age 33 and 50. With this study in implementation, we have with us a detailed profile overview of the hospitalists. As these healthcare specialists work across various domains and departments, regular estimation of their numbers is necessary.

Henceforth, we feel that more studies in the future are necessary to estimate and identify the correct number of hospitalists. The data we get from subsamples of survey population adds onto the existing errors in the hospitalist database. Moreover, most of the estimation is incorrect. Therefore, in the future, we need to conduct specialized and targeted studies to collect the right information. Would you like to highlight anything else?

The best thing about MedicoReach is that we just don’t help B2B companies with data solutions. Also, we contribute to the industry through extensive research programs that talented and expert research team undertakes. Moreover, our resource gallery is a storehouse of information. We conduct market studies and come up with reports that reflect the present statistics of the various domains within the healthcare industry.

We have a quite good number of market insight reports that are a product of our sheer hard work and intensive market understanding and evaluation. Industry people can check our statistical insight into top hospitals in the US report and other similar reports for relevant stats and useful information. Thank you for sharing your valuable knowledge and research outcomes with everyone in the community.

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019 by Marie Benz MD FAAD