Health workforce monitoring in Portugal: does it support strategic planning and policy-making?

Tiago Correia, Inês Gomes, Patrícia Nunes, G Dussault

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The quality of the available information on Human Resources for Health (HRH) is critical to planning strategically the future workforce needs. This article aims to assess HRH monitoring in Portugal: the data availability, comparability and quality.
A scoping review of academic literature was conducted, which included 76 empirical studies. The content analysis was guided by the World Health Organization ‘AAAQ framework’ that covers availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of the health workforce.
The analysis identified three types of problems affecting HRH monitoring in Portugal: insufficient data, the non-use of available data, and the general lack of analysis of the HRH situation. As a consequence, the data availability, comparability and quality is poor, and therefore HRH monitoring in Portugal makes strategic planning of the future health workforce difficult.
Recommendations to improve HRH monitoring include: 1) make data collection aligned with the standardized indicators and guidelines by the Joint Eurostat-OECD-World Health Organization questionnaire on Non-Monetary Health Care Statistics; 2) cover the whole workforce, which includes professions, sectors and services; 3) create a mechanism of permanent monitoring and analysis of HRH at the country level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-310
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Policy
Issue number3
Early online date7 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • Scoping review
  • Health workforce
  • Monitoring
  • Planning
  • Portugal


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