Factors identified by physiotherapists that influence the retention of regional clinicians: a qualitative investigation
Miles, Ellie, Adams, Robyn, Anaf, Sophie, and Sheppard, Lorraine (2010) Factors identified by physiotherapists that influence the retention of regional clinicians: a qualitative investigation. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 8 (1). pp. 1-6.
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Objective: To identify factors influencing the retention of physiotherapists in one regional setting.
Design: A qualitative framework using semi-structured interviews was used to collect data. Data were evaluated using thematic analysis.
Setting: A regional city located on the coastline of Queensland, Australia, more than six hours drive from the capital city, Brisbane.
Participants: Practicing physiotherapists employed by Queensland Health, the main public health employer.
Main Outcome Measures: Retention themes identified from the interview transcripts.
Results: The advantages of remaining employed in the regional city were centred on personal issues. Forty-four responses described personal advantages while 33 described professional advantages. The two most common advantages were remaining close to family and lifestyle and environment. Professional negative factors achieved a higher tally of 57 responses as compared to personal issues with only 24 responses. The two most common disadvantages described were professional issues including a lack of professional development and minimal supervision and support. All participants listed incentives requiring financial resourcing to improve retention.
Conclusion: Negative work related factors were more significant when there is no personal connection to the community highlighting the importance addressing and maintaining a high level of professional satisfaction in order to retain clinicians.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||retention, physiotherapy, allied health, regional, rural|
|Date Deposited:||15 May 2011 07:25|
|FoR Codes:||11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110317 Physiotherapy @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 60%
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%|