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In most countries, the lack of explicit health workforce planning has resulted in imbalances that threaten the capacity of healthcare systems to attain their objectives. This has directed attention towards the prospect of developing healthcare systems that are more responsive to the needs and expectations of the population by providing health planners with a systematic method to effectively manage human resources in this sector. This review analyses various approaches to health workforce planning and presents the Six-Step Methodology to Integrated Workforce Planning which highlights essential elements in workforce planning to ensure the quality of services. The purpose, scope and ownership of the approach is defined. Furthermore, developing an action plan for managing a health workforce is emphasised and a reviewing and monitoring process to guide corrective actions is suggested.


Health Workforce organization and administration Human Resources Development Health Planning Oman

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Al-Sawai, A., & Al-Shishtawy, M. M. (2015). Health Workforce Planning : An overview and suggested approach in Oman. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, 15(1), 27–33. Retrieved from