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December 26, 1980

Allied Health Education and Accreditation

JAMA. 1980;244(25):2838-2839. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310250038006

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ALLIED HEALTH-PHYSICIAN RATIO UNDERGOES CHANGE  The health care field, which includes allied health education and accreditation, continues to undergo marked changes. In 1900, sixty-three percent of the 200,000 health care professionals were physicians, with 23 allied health personnel for every 100 physicians. By 1960 only 50% of the 2.5 million professionals were physicians, with a one-to-one ratio between physicians and allied health personnel. Today, 1980, only 7% of the estimated 4.5 million professionals in the health care field are physicians.Physicians are continuing to give more recognition to their allied health colleagues, as evidenced by the access allied health personnel are now being given to continuing medical education programs. The public seems to believe that this teamwork approach is providing them with improved health care owing to specialized professional competence and increased access resulting from delegation of services formerly provided by the physician.