The 1997 Vector Research, Inc. Workforce Study predicted a surplus of physical
therapists nationally by the year 2000. The purpose of our study was to determine the current supply and demand of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in the state of Oregon and to compare our results to the Workforce Study and to the 1990 Oregon study by Banaitis and Williams. Two separate questionnaires were mailed, one to physical therapists and one to physical therapist employers. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze all data. Results showed a 40% increase in supply of physical therapists in Oregon since 1990 and an overall decrease in demand. Decreased demand was demonstrated by a decreased number of available full-time positions, decreased number of vacancies, decreased workload, and lay-offs of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. In conclusion, a mild to moderate surplus of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants appears to exist in the state of Oregon. However, the surplus has not affected the market in Oregon to the extent predicted nationally in the Vector Workforce Study.
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