International recruitment of allied health professionals to the United States

Piecing together the picture with imperfect data

Patricia Pittman, Bianca Frogner, Emily Bass, Courtney Dunham

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Abstract

Research on the international recruitment of health professionals to the U.S. has focused almost exclusively on physicians and nurses; we are aware of no research on the migration of allied health professionals. OBJECTIVE: We examined the strengths and weaknesses of various public and private data sources on foreign-educated allied health professions in the U.S. and patched together a picture of these migrants. We focus on pharmacists, physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), speech language pathologists (SLPs), and medical and clinical laboratory technicians (lab techs). FINDINGS: Based on the American Community Survey, we found that 12% of PTs, 12% of lab techs, 8% of pharmacists, 4% of OTs, and 3% of SLPs are foreign-born and entered the U.S. at age 21 or older. Among foreign-born PTs, about half remain as non-citizens, suggesting the highest proportion of recent arrivals among the five professions. CONCLUSIONS: As Congress debates comprehensive immigration reform, one of the much need changes to the system is better immigration data, disaggregated by occupation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Volume43
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Allied Health Personnel
Physical Therapists
Medical Laboratory Personnel
Emigration and Immigration
Pharmacists
Language
Laboratory Personnel
Health Occupations
Information Storage and Retrieval
Occupations
Research
Nurses
Physicians
Health
Occupational Therapists
Pathologists

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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International recruitment of allied health professionals to the United States : Piecing together the picture with imperfect data. / Pittman, Patricia; Frogner, Bianca; Bass, Emily; Dunham, Courtney.

In: Journal of Allied Health, Vol. 43, No. 2, 2014, p. 79-87.

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Pittman, Patricia ; Frogner, Bianca ; Bass, Emily ; Dunham, Courtney. / International recruitment of allied health professionals to the United States : Piecing together the picture with imperfect data. In: Journal of Allied Health. 2014 ; Vol. 43, No. 2. pp. 79-87.
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