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Healthcare assistants in EU Member States: An overview

Marieke Kroezen, Willemijn Schäfer, Walter Sermeus, Johan Hansen and Ronald Batenburg

Health Policy, 2018, vol. 122, issue 10, 1109-1117

Abstract: With many European countries facing health workforce shortages, especially in nursing, and an increasing demand for healthcare, the importance of healthcare assistants (HCAs) in modern healthcare systems is expected to grow. Yet HCAs’ knowledge, skills, competences and education are largely unexplored. The study ‘Support for the definition of core competences for healthcare assistants’ (CC4HCA, 2015–2016) aimed to further the knowledge on HCAs across Europe. This paper presents an overview of the position of healthcare assistants in 27 EU Member States (MSs) and reflects on the emerging country differences.

Keywords: Health workforce; Health human resources; Healthcare assistants; Health professionals; Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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