Why do junior doctors not want to work in a rural location, and what would induce them to do so?

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Title Why do junior doctors not want to work in a rural location, and what would induce them to do so?
Author Rogers, Mary Elizabeth; Searle, Judith; Creed, Peter Alexander
Journal Name Australian Journal of Rural Health
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Abstract Objective: Identify the most important factors associated with choosing rural medical practice. Design: Cross-sectional design using a web survey to collect quantitative and qualitative data. Participants: One hundred and ninety junior doctors – 91 interns, 99 PGY2. Main outcome measures: Choice of practice location (urban/rural), reason for choosing location, enticement to a rural location. Results: Twenty-seven per cent of junior doctors preferred a rural practice location. Preference to practice in a rural area was associated with medical placement bonding schemes, rural background, rural placement experience and being older. High levels of professional expectations and prestige were associated with a preference for an urban location. The most important reasons for choosing a practice location included consideration of partner, family and friends (35.3%), preference for a location (20.5%), lifestyle goals (19.5%) and career opportunities, specialty requirements and infrastructure (17.9%). Those who preferred an urban compared with a rural location gave more importance to factors concerning partner, family and friends. The factors that would entice a doctor to a rural location included partner and family considerations (27.0%), professional support (20.3%), and career opportunities, specialty requirements and infrastructure (16.3%). Women gave more importance to partner and family factors than men. Conclusions: Our findings support the continuation of policies that are known to encourage choice of rural practice, but highlight the need for additional strategies that consider the personal and professional needs of this generation of doctors.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1584.2010.01151.x
Volume 18
Page from 181
Page to 186
ISSN 1038-5282
Date Accessioned 2010-10-15
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing; Menzies Health Institute Qld; Behavioural Basis of Health
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34844
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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