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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441127/physician-recruitment-and-retention-in-manitoba-results-from-a-survey-of-physicians-preferences-for-rural-jobs
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Julia Witt
INTRODUCTION: Rural recruitment and retention continues to present challenges to health workforce planners. This paper reports and analyzes the results of a survey sent to physicians in Manitoba, eliciting their opinions regarding rural jobs. METHODS: A survey was sent to all physicians in Manitoba. Part 1 of the survey included questions about background and demographic information; part 2 was a set of job satisfaction questions regarding respondents' current job; and part 3 included 2 sets of stated-choice questions eliciting preferences for a set of attributes relevant to rural recruitment and retention...
2017: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434469/the-north-american-yoga-therapy-workforce-survey
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Marlysa Sullivan, Matthew Leach, James Snow, Steffany Moonaz
OBJECTIVE: To describe the personal, professional, practice, service and consumer characteristics of the North American yoga therapy workforce. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, descriptive survey developed and informed by the contemporary workforce literature. A link to the e-survey was distributed to members of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. RESULTS: 367 members responded (∼20% of eligible participants). Most were aged 40-69 years (88%) and female (91%)...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420396/determinants-of-village-doctors-job-satisfaction-under-china-s-health-sector-reform-a-cross-sectional-mixed-methods-study
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Tongtong Li, Trudy Lei, Fiona Sun, Zheng Xie
BACKGROUND: To strengthen rural health workforce, the Chinese government has launched a series of policies to promote the job satisfaction of village doctors since the health sector reform. The purpose of this mixed-method study is to describe village doctors' job satisfaction under the context of health sector reform and investigate the associated factors. METHODS: Data was obtained from a survey of village doctors across three Chinese provinces in 2014. Using a multistage sampling process, quantitative data was collected from village doctors through the self-administered questionnaire and analyzed by multilevel logistic regression models...
April 18, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407813/adapting-an-adherence-support-workers-intervention-engaging-traditional-healers-as-adherence-partners-for-persons-enrolled-in-hiv-care-and-treatment-in-rural-mozambique
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Carolyn M Audet, José Salato, Sten H Vermund, K Rivet Amico
BACKGROUND: Systematic adaptation of evidence-informed interventions that increase retention in care and improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) are essential to ending the HIV epidemic in rural sub-Saharan Africa. We selected and adapted an adherence support worker intervention employed in Malawi for use by traditional healers in rural Mozambique. Given the levels of trust and dependence previously expressed by persons living with HIV (PLHIV) for traditional medicine, we adapted the program to engage traditional healers within the allopathic health system...
April 13, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406806/improved-hiv-and-tb-knowledge-and-competence-among-mid-level-providers-in-a-cluster-randomized-trial-of-one-on-one-mentorship-for-task-shifting
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Sarah Naikoba, Kaggwa Dan Senjovu, Pallen Mugabe, Carey McCarthy, Patricia L Riley, Damazo Trevor Kadengye, Shona Dalal
INTRODUCTION: Health worker shortages pose a challenge to the scale-up of HIV care and treatment in Uganda. Training mid-level providers (MLP) in the provision of HIV and TB treatment can expand existing health workforce capacity and access to HIV services. METHODS: We conducted a cluster-randomized trial of, on-site clinical mentorship for HIV and TB care at 10 health facilities in rural Uganda. Twenty MLP and were randomly assigned to an intervention of eight hours a week of one on one mentorship, every six weeks over a nine month period; and another twenty to the control of no clinical mentorship...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384149/the-proposal-for-a-third-medical-school-in-new-zealand-a-community-engaged-graduate-entry-medical-program
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Ross Lawrenson, G Ian Town, Roger Strasser, Sarah Strasser, Judy McKimm, Rees Tapsell, Nigel Murray
New Zealand has a maldistributed workforce that is heavily dependent on recruiting international medical graduates. Shortages are particularly apparent in high needs communities and in general scope specialties in provincial regions. The University of Waikato in partnership with the Waikato District Health Board has proposed a third medical school for New Zealand which will concentrate on addressing the workforce needs of disadvantaged rural and provincial communities. The proposed program is a community engaged, graduate entry medical course...
April 7, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382687/stakeholders-views-on-maternity-care-shortcomings-in-rural-ghana-an-ethnographic-study-among-women-providers-public-and-quasiprivate-policy-sector-actors
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Martin Amogre Ayanore, Milena Pavlova, Regien Biesma, Wim Groot
Access to skilled provider and emergency obstetric care is not universal across all districts in Ghana. The lived experiences of 3 stakeholder groups on maternity care shortcomings in 3 rural Ghanaian districts are examined in this study. We applied an ethnographic study approach where field data were collected between March to May 2015 in 3 rural districts of northern Ghana. Data were collected among women with recent births experiences (n = 90), health care providers (n = 16), and policy actors (n = 6)...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365651/access-to-continuing-education-for-critical-care-nurses-in-rural-or-remote-settings
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Lori Hendrickx, Charlene Winters
Caring for the critically ill does not occur solely in large medical centers or urban areas. Nurses practicing in rural or remote settings practice as nurse generalists, caring for a wide range of patients, including those needing critical care. As a nurse generalist, the need for a wide variety of skill sets challenges nurses in rural areas to maintain current practice through continuing education across many content areas. They also may not come in contact with critically ill patients or emergent situations as often as their urban counterparts, which can make remaining comfortable with more advanced skills difficult...
April 2017: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358841/is-task-shifting-a-solution-to-the-health-workers-shortage-in-northern-ghana
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Eunice Okyere, Lillian Mwanri, Paul Ward
OBJECTIVE: To explore the experiences and perceptions of health workers and implementers of task-shifting in rural health facilities in Upper East Region, Ghana. METHODS: Data was collected through field interviews. A total of sixty eight (68) in-depth interviews were conducted with health workers' in primary health care facilities (health centres); Four in-depth interviews with key persons involved in staff management was conducted to understand how task-shifting is organised including its strengths and challenges...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341117/progress-and-challenges-in-maternal-health-in-western-china-a-countdown-to-2015-national-case-study
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Yanqiu Gao, Hong Zhou, Neha S Singh, Timothy Powell-Jackson, Stephen Nash, Min Yang, Sufang Guo, Hai Fang, Melisa Martinez Alvarez, Xiaoyun Liu, Jay Pan, Yan Wang, Carine Ronsmans
BACKGROUND: China is one of the few Countdown countries to have achieved Millennium Development Goal 5 (75% reduction in maternal mortality ratio between 1990 and 2015). We aimed to examine the health systems and contextual factors that might have contributed to the substantial decline in maternal mortality between 1997 and 2014. We chose to focus on western China because poverty, ethnic diversity, and geographical access represent particular challenges to ensuring universal access to maternal care in the region...
May 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335776/challenges-and-strategies-to-improve-the-availability-and-geographic-accessibility-of-physicians-in-portugal
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Ana Paula Cavalcante de Oliveira, Gilles Dussault, Isabel Craveiro
BACKGROUND: Shortages of physicians in remote, rural and other underserved areas and lack of general practitioners limit access to health services. The aims of this article are to identify the challenges faced by policy and decision-makers in Portugal to guarantee the availability and geographic accessibility to physicians in the National Health Service and to describe and analyse their causes, the strategies to tackle them and their results. We also raise the issue of whether research evidence was used or not in the process of policy development...
March 23, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325243/perspectives-on-patient-access-to-radiation-oncology-facilities-and-services-in-mainland-china
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Luhua Wang, Jiade J Lu, Weibo Yin, Jinyi Lang
The Chinese health care system and specifically, radiation oncology, has clearly improved during the past 30 years in equipment and its use, although the shortage of facilities and workforce remain to be improved. These constitute the targets for a nationwide effort to improve the access to service by patients with cancer, especially in the more remote and rural portions of the country. In this report, we would highlight the positive changes that have occurred during the time and outline what is still needed for the future of this important cancer specialty in China...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288649/medical-termination-of-pregnancy-in-general-practice-in-australia-a-descriptive-interpretive-qualitative-study
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Angela J Dawson, Rachel Nicolls, Deborah Bateson, Anna Doab, Jane Estoesta, Ann Brassil, Elizabeth A Sullivan
BACKGROUND: Australian Government approval in 2012 for the use of mifepristone and misoprostol for medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP) allows general practitioners (GPs) to provide early gestation abortion in primary care settings. However, uptake of the MTOP provision by GPs appears to be low and the reasons for this have been unclear. This study investigated the provision of and referral for MTOP by GPs. METHODS: We undertook descriptive-interpretive qualitative research and selected participants for diversity using a matrix...
March 14, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279946/the-safety-of-women-health-workers-at-the-frontlines
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Jashodhara Dasgupta, Jayashree Velankar, Pritisha Borah, Gangotri Hazarika Nath
This article, based on the report of the fact-finding team on the gang rape and death of an accredited social health activist (ASHA) in Muzaffarnagar in January 2016, attempts to analyse the issues of the safety and mobility of front-line women health workers. It argues that although the National Health Mission is often alluded to as a flagship programme of the government, it has failed in its basic responsibility as an ethical employer, since there is no support and back-up system that can be easily accessed by ASHAs in terms of dealing with the fallout of their social role as "change agents" in rural areas, and community reactions to their mobility and public exposure...
February 21, 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274125/training-generalist-doctors-for-rural-practice-in-new-zealand
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Garry Nixon, Katharina Blattner, Martyn Williamson, Patrick McHugh, James Reid
Targeted postgraduate training increases the likelihood young doctors will take up careers in rural generalist medicine. This article describes the postgraduate pathways that have evolved for these doctors in New Zealand. The Cairns consensus statement 2014 defined rural medical generalism as a scope of practice that encompasses primary care, hospital or secondary care, emergency care, advanced skill sets and a population-based approach to the health needs of rural communities. Even as work goes on to define this role different jurisdictions have developed their own training pathways for these important members of the rural healthcare workforce...
January 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242434/rural-general-surgery-a-38-year-experience-with-a-regional-network-established-by-an-integrated-health-system-in-the-midwestern-united%C3%A2-states
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Thomas H Cogbill, Marilu Bintz
BACKGROUND: General surgeon (GS) workforce shortages are predicted to worsen, particularly in rural areas. We report on a sustainable model for delivery of GS services within a large rural region that includes an integrated health system. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a longitudinal study of a rural GS network from 1978 to 2016. Employment data and rural GS survey results were reviewed to document methods of recruitment, retention, and case-volume development. RESULTS: During the 38-year study period, 19 rural GSs were employed by the health system...
February 24, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218340/world-health-organization-global-disability-action-plan-the-mongolian-perspective
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Fary Khan, Bhasker Amatya, Baljnnyam Avirmed, Yoon Kyoung Yi, Batchimeg Shirmen, Geoff Abbott, Mary P Galea
OBJECTIVE: To provide an update on disability and rehabilitation in Mongolia, and to identify potential barriers and facilitators for implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Disability Action Plan (GDAP). METHODS: A 4-member rehabilitation team from the Royal Melbourne Hospital conducted an intensive 6-day workshop at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, for local healthcare professionals (n = 77) from medical rehabilitation facilities (urban/rural, public/private) and non-governmental organizations...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196113/chasm-in-primary-care-provision-in-a-universal-health-system-findings-from-a-nationally-representative-survey-of-health-facilities-in-malaysia
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Huy Ming Lim, Sheamini Sivasampu, Ee Ming Khoo, Kamaliah Mohamad Noh
BACKGROUND: Malaysia has achieved universal health coverage since 1980s through the expansion of direct public provision, particularly in rural areas. However, no systematic examination of the rural-urban distribution of primary care services and resources has been conducted to date for policy impact evaluation. METHODS: We conducted a national cross-sectional survey of 316 public and 597 private primary care clinics, selected through proportionate stratified random sampling, from June 2011 through February 2012...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178335/orthopedic-workforce-planning-in-germany-an-analysis-of-orthopedic-accessibility
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Jan Bauer, Peter Müller, Werner Maier, David A Groneberg
In Germany, orthopedic workforce planning relies on population-to-provider-ratios represented by the 'official degree of care provision'. However, with geographic information systems (GIS), more sophisticated measurements are available. By utilizing GIS-based technologies we analyzed the current state of demand and supply of the orthopedic workforce in Germany (orthopedic accessibility) with the integrated Floating Catchment Area method. The analysis of n = 153,352,220 distances revealed significant geographical variations on national scale: 5,617,595 people (6...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127257/factors-associated-with-the-choice-of-public-health-service-among-nursing-students-in-thailand
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Krisada Sawaengdee, Nareerut Pudpong, Thunthita Wisaijohn, Rapeepong Suphanchaimat, Weerasak Putthasri, Mylene Lagarde, Duane Blaauw
BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that public and private nursing schools have contributed significantly to the Thai health system, it is not clear whether and to what extent there was difference in job preferences between types of training institutions. This study aimed to examine attitudes towards rural practice, intention to work in public service after graduation, and factors affecting workplace selection among nursing students in both public and private institutions. METHODS: A descriptive comparative cross-sectional survey was conducted among 3349 students from 36 nursing schools (26 public and 10 private) during February-March 2012, using a questionnaire to assess the association between training institution characteristics and students' attitudes, job choices, and intention to work in the public sector upon graduation...
2017: BMC Nursing
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