Cytology workforce study: a report of current practices and trends in New York State. Journal Article

Authors: Balachandran, I.; Friedlander, M.
Article Title: Cytology workforce study: a report of current practices and trends in New York State.
Abstract: A survey was conducted among 130 New York State (NYS) registered cytology laboratories to better understand current and future changes in the practice of cytology, changes in the cytotechnologist (CT) scope of practice, and the future need for CTs. A 51.5% (67/130) response rate was obtained. Trends for gynecologic case volume varied across facility types. Nongynecologic volume is growing primarily in hospitals and large medical center laboratories and private laboratories; the fine-needle aspiration volume is growing in hospital and large medical center laboratories. One third of responding laboratories anticipate a continued demand for CTs within the next 3 years owing to impending retirements. Few laboratories also report the gradual adoption of molecular testing with CTs directly involved. Because 60% (3/5) of NYS CT training programs have closed since 2008, the 2 remaining programs are a valuable key staffing resource for CTs. Continued viability of these programs is essential to provide the necessary training and staffing of NYS laboratories for cytopathology practice. © American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Keywords: cytology; cytopathology; cytotechnology; workforce survey
Journal Title: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Volume: 136
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0002-9173
Publisher: Oxford University Press  
Date Published: 2011-07-01
Start Page: 108
End Page: 118
Language: English
DOI: 10.1309/ajcpudfraljy32xm
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 21685038
Notes: --- - "Export Date: 17 August 2011" - "CODEN: AJCPA" - "Source: Scopus"
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