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Int J Health Sci (Qassim). 2010 Nov;4(2):178-93.

The Dermatology workforce in Saudi Arabia: Current trends, challenges and future directions.

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  • 1Assistant Professors & Consultants, Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, King Saud University - Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To provide a snapshot of the dermatology work force in Saudi Arabia.

METHODS:

We collected data on the supply and distribution of dermatologists in Saudi Arabia. We discussed the current status of dermatology manpower issues in Saudi Arabia.

RESULTS:

We found that between 1987 and 2007, the availability of dermatologists to population in Saudi Arabia rose by 60 %, from 2.35 to 3.76 dermatologists per 100,000 Saudi Arabian individuals. However, the current workforce is already out of balance in several ways. We have an excess of non-Saudi citizen dermatologists and a barely adequate supply of Saudi dermatologists. The dermatologist population is unbalanced with regard to gender and uneven in terms of geographic distribution.

CONCLUSIONS:

The dermatology workforce does not match well with the nation's health care goals. We should create a more successful and stable match between the talent supply and health care system requirements.

KEYWORDS:

Dermatology; Manpower; Saudi Arabia

PMID:
21475556
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PMCID:
PMC3068825
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