The SIN Workforce Working Group has carried out an initial demographic study project that highlights the situation of nephrological workforce in European and non-European countries, noting in particular the apparent discrepancies between the number of nephrologists in other health systems and in the Italian one. Italy seems to have the highest number of nephrologists per capita: in fact, the number of nephrologists has decreased in recent years due to the number of retirements far higher than the entry of new specialists. The project arises from the need to define the actual number of nephrologists in Italy in relation to the population and the epidemiology of chronic renal disease, taking into account the trends of ageing and feminization of our specialty. The tools used to collect data on the demographics of Italian nephrologists are a database for demographic data collection by presidents of SIN regional sections and a questionnaire for a survey to describe demography, workload, the adhesion to the discipline and the recruitment and retirement programs of the Italian nephrological community.
Parole Chiave: workforce, nephrology, chronic renal disease