2011 Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends - AMN Healthcare

November 14, 2012

2011 Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends


Staff Care is a national healthcare staffing firm specializing in matching temporary (i.e., locum tenens) physicians, dentists, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and various allied healthcare professionals with hospitals, medical groups, government facilities and other healthcare organizations. Established in 1992, Staff Care is a company of AMN Healthcare, the largest healthcare staffing organization in the United States, and is certified by the Joint Commission. This report marks Staff Care’s eighth Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends. 

The purpose of the survey is to track trends in the locum tenens physician staffing market and to provide benchmark data that may be useful to physicians, healthcare executives, academics, journalists and others who monitor developments in the healthcare staffing industry. 


Staff Care’s 2011 Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends is based on surveys sent by e-mail to healthcare executives and locum tenens physicians nationwide. The survey also includes an examination of the temporary physician staffing assignments Staff Care conducted in calendar year 2010. Data from past Staff Care surveys are included where applicable.  

Part one of the survey examines why healthcare facilities, including acute care hospitals, medical groups and state-supported facilities such as behavioral health centers, use locum tenens physicians and how they evaluate the quality and services provided by locum tenens practitioners.  

Part two of the survey examines why physicians choose to work on a locum tenens basis, how they select temporary practice opportunities, how long they intend to work on a temporary basis, how they are perceived by colleagues, and related matters.  

Part three of the survey indicates the type of locum tenens staffing assignments Staff Care conducted in calendar year 2010. The breakdown of temporary practitioner “days requested” by specialty is offered as an indicator of current physician and dentist supply and demand trends in locum tenens. Part Three also includes the number of “temporary physician days” Staff Care filled in 2010.  

Parts one and two of the survey were conducted over the four month period from August, 2010, to November, 2010, and the final survey report was released in February, 2011. Respondents were self-selected and included Staff Care clients and non-clients, as well as physicians who have been matched to temporary assignments by Staff Care and those who have not.