The Effects of Health Care Industry Changes on Health Care Workers and Quality of Patient Care

Research Report

The Effects of Health Care Industry Changes on Health Care Workers and Quality of Patient Care

Summary of Literature and Research
November 1, 1997

Abstract

This paper summarizes a review of the literature pertaining to questions about the restructuring of the health care industry over the past 20 years: Are labor force changes in the health care sector affecting the quality of care? What are the effects on the labor market for health care workers? Are changes in the health care sector affecting worker safety and health? What are the implications for the regulation of health occupations?

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