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The Pharmacist Demand Indicator (PDI) reports perceptions of the demand for pharmacists among a panel of individuals that participate in the hiring of pharmacists on a direct and regular basis. The panel is intended to represent the major geographic and practice sectors of pharmacy practice in the United States.

Panelists are surveyed quarterly and asked to rate on a scale from 1 to 5 whether they perceive difficulty in filling open positions or whether demand is less than supply. The PDI includes ratings from panelists on the demand for pharmacists that are considered a) staff or generalist pharmacists, b) managers or managerial pharmacists, and c) specialized (such as critical care, informatics, MTM, nuclear, etc.) pharmacists.

Demand Categories

  1. Demand is much less than the pharmacist supply available
  2. Demand is less than the pharmacist supply available
  3. Demand in balance with supply
  4. Moderate demand; some difficulty filling open positions
  5. High demand; difficult to fill open positions

The PDI was developed based on the Aggregate Demand Index (ADI) initiated by Professor Kathy Knapp in 1999. The ADI used the same rating scale and captured perceptions of demand for pharmacists in general. Historical data from the ADI are continued in the PDI as the staff or generalist pharmacist demand ratings.

For questions about the Pharmacist Demand Indicator, contact David Kreling at School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin (david.kreling@wisc.edu).

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Through its member organizations, the Pharmacy Workforce Center (PWC) seeks to collect, analyze and disseminate data on the supply of licensed pharmacists in the United States, the demand for pharmacy services and related pharmacy student and workforce issues for educational, scientific, or charitable purposes.

For questions about the Pharmacy Workforce Center, contact Lynette Bradley-Baker at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. (lbbaker@aacp.org)

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Data and information are provided for informational purposes only. Neither the Pharmacy Workforce Center nor any of its affiliates shall be liable for any errors or delays in the content or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.