Health Care Provider Surveys

The health of Vermonters depends, in part, on access to health care.  The Vermont Department of Health therefore needs to measure the supply of health care providers, including their distribution by geography and specialty.  These data are used as the basis for policy analysis, shortage area designations, and recruitment and retention activities.

The Vermont Department of Health has been collecting information on health care providers since 1992.  Physicians (MD's and DOs), Dentists and Physician Assistants are surveyed every two years at the time of their relicensing.  Surveys have also been conducted of APRN's  in 1998, 2000, and 2002 – more recent surveys of APRN's have been done by UVM but not the Department of Health.

The surveys are intended to include all active providers, acting as a census rather than a sample survey.  For that purpose the respondents are compared with lists of licensees (from the board of medical practice or the secretary of state), and follow-up is conducted to reach those who did not respond.  Final response rate is usually above 99%.  Included in the surveys and reports are those practitioners who provide patient care in Vermont.  Excluded are the substantial number of providers, mainly physicians, who maintain Vermont licenses even though they do not practice in Vermont.

The data collected includes specialty, practice setting, town(s) of practice and the number of hours per week in clinical practice.  This allows us to calculate full-time equivalency (FTE's) by specialty and by geographic region.  Information on whether practitioners are accepting new patients is also collected.

Reports linked below include both summary reports of survey highlights and detailed statistical reports, ordered by provider type and year of survey.  For questions about the surveys or reports, please contact:

Moshe Braner
Phone:  802-865-7703 or 800-869-2871
E-mail: moshe.braner@state.vt.us

*All documents in pdf format

Physician Survey

Dentist Survey

Physician Assistant Survey

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Survey

Health Care Professionals


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