Population of US Practicing Psychiatrists Declined, 2003-13, Which May Help Explain Poor Access to Mental Health Care.

The number of psychiatrists in comparison to the population and in relation to primary care physicians has decreased significantly.  Many people seeking treatment for mental illness cite poor access to mental health care as a significant obstacle. This paper is the first step in drawing a correlation between lower number of psychiatrists and lack of access to care.


Published by Health Affairs in July 2016. Authors: Tara F. Bishop, Joanna K. Seirup, Harold Alan Pincus and Joseph S. Ross.