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Title: Professional care workforce: a rapid review of evidence supporting methods of recruitment, retention, safety, and education.
Austin Authors: Morris, Meg E;Brusco, Natasha K;McAleer, Rachael;Billett, Stephen;Brophy, Lisa;Bryant, Rosemary;Carey, Leeanne M ;Wright, Amy Conley;East, Christine;Eckert, Marion;Edvardsson, Kristina;Fetherstonhaugh, Deirdre;Fowler-Davis, Sally;Frederico, Margarita;Gray, Richard;McCaskie, Doug;McKinstry, Carol;Mitchell, Rebecca;Oldenburg, Brian;Shields, Nora;Smith, Karen;Spelten, Evelien;Taylor, Nicholas;Thwaites, Claire;Young, Suzanne;Blackberry, Irene
Affiliation: The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre, Academic and Research Collaborative in Health (ARCH), and CERI, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3083, Australia.
La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3086, Australia.;Rehabilitation, Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre, Monash University, Frankston, 3150, Australia.
La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University, Bendigo, 3550, Australia.
Griffith University, Mount Gravatt, QLD, 4121, Australia.
La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3086, Australia.
AO Research Centre, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 5001, Australia.
La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3086, Australia.
Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, 2006, Australia.
La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3086, Australia.;Mercy Health, Richmond, 3121, Australia.
Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 5001, Australia.
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3086, Australia.
Centre for Health and Care Research, Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, S1 1WB, UK.
La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3086, Australia.
Alfred Health, 55 Commercial Road, Melbourne, VIC, 3004, Australia.
La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University, Bendigo, 3550, Australia.
Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW, 2109, Australia.
La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3086, Australia.;Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, 3004, Australia.
Silver Chain, Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia.
The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre and Academic and Research Collaborative in Health (ARCH) La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3083, Australia.
CERI, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3083, Australia.
Issue Date: 13-Dec-2023
Date: 2023
Publication information: Human Resources for Health 2023-12-13; 21(1)
Abstract: Across the care economy there are major shortages in the health and care workforce, as well as high rates of attrition and ill-defined career pathways. The aim of this study was to evaluate current evidence regarding methods to improve care worker recruitment, retention, safety, and education, for the professional care workforce. A rapid review of comparative interventions designed to recruit, retain, educate and care for the professional workforce in the following sectors: disability, aged care, health, mental health, family and youth services, and early childhood education and care was conducted. Embase and MEDLINE databases were searched, and studies published between January 2015 and November 2022 were included. We used the Quality Assessment tool for Quantitative Studies and the PEDro tools to evaluate study quality. 5594 articles were initially screened and after applying the inclusion and exclusion criteria, 30 studies were included in the rapid review. Studies most frequently reported on the professional nursing, medical and allied health workforces. Some studies focused on the single domain of care worker education (nā€‰=ā€‰11) while most focused on multiple domains that combined education with recruitment strategies, retention strategies or a focus on worker safety. Study quality was comparatively low with a median PEDro score of 5/10, and 77% received a weak rating on the Quality Assessment tool for Quantitative Studies. Four new workforce strategies emerged; early career rural recruitment supports rural retention; workload management is essential for workforce well-being; learning must be contextually relevant; and there is a need to differentiate recruitment, retention, and education strategies for different professional health and care workforce categories as needs vary. Given the critical importance of recruiting and retaining a strong health and care workforce, there is an immediate need to develop a cohesive strategy to address workforce shortfalls. This paper presents initial evidence on different interventions to address this need, and to inform care workforce recruitment and retention. Rapid Review registration PROSPERO 2022 CRD42022371721 Available from: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42022371721.
URI: https://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/34676
DOI: 10.1186/s12960-023-00879-5
ORCID: 0000-0002-8825-5109
Journal: Human Resources for Health
Start page: 95
PubMed URL: 38093376
ISSN: 1478-4491
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Care economy
Care worker
Educational activities
Human resources
Medicine
Nursing
Safety
Training programs
Workforce
Workforce redesign
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