Long-term rural general practitioners: their original interest and considerations towards a change in rural medicine

Eley, Diann, and Young, Louise (2008) Long-term rural general practitioners: their original interest and considerations towards a change in rural medicine. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 16 (4). pp. 241-244.

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Abstract

[Extract] Despite a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the rural doctor numbers, the continuing reality of the rural doctor shortage in Australia is that most rural doctors leave after a few months or years. Hays explored the reasons why long-term general practitioners (GPs) stay in rural practice and found that personal and professional support and a strong attachment to the community were associated with decisions to remain in rural practice for long periods, while overwork and children's education concerns contributed most to leaving. 1

Since 2001, numerous initiatives are underway to recruit new graduates and doctors to the bush and as such, their reasons for entering rural practice might be associated with these positive initiatives. This paper builds on previous literature 1 and looks at an established cohort of rural GPs and reports what originally attracted them to rural practice and why they would consider leaving rural practice.

Item ID: 18403
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1584
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2011 23:44
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940599 Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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