Retention of general practitioners in remote areas of Canada and Australia: a meta-aggregation of qualitative research

Wieland, Lara, Ayton, Jennifer, and Abernethy, Gail (2021) Retention of general practitioners in remote areas of Canada and Australia: a meta-aggregation of qualitative research. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 29 (5). pp. 656-669.

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Abstract

Our aim was to systematically review qualitative evidence regarding the experiences and perceptions of General Practitioners and the factors influencing retention in remote areas of Canada and Australia. The objectives were to identify gaps and inform policy to improve retention of remote doctors, which should in turn reduce health inequalities for remote communities. Design

Meta-aggregation of qualitative studies of General Practitioners and general practice registrars who had worked in a remote area of Australia or Canada for a minimum of 1 year and/or were intending to stay remote long term in their current placement. Results

Six synthesised findings were identified: peer and professional support, organisational support, uniqueness of remote lifestyle and work, burnout and time off, personal family issues and cultural and gender issues. Conclusions

Long-term retention of doctors in remote areas of Australia and Canada is influenced by a range of negative and positive perceptions, and experiences with key factors being professional, organisational and personal. All 6 synthesised findings span a spectrum of policy domains and service responsibilities, and therefore, a central coordinating body could be well placed to implement a multifactorial retention strategy.

Item ID: 72814
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1584
Keywords: family physician, General Practitioner, health workforce, remote retention, rural and remote
Copyright Information: © National Rural Health Allliance Ltd.
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2022 00:17
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420321 Rural and remote health services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200206 Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs) @ 100%
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