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The 'rural pipeline' and retention of rural health professionals in Europe's northern peripheries

Carson, Dean B., Schoo, Adrian and Berggren, Peter (2015). The 'rural pipeline' and retention of rural health professionals in Europe's northern peripheries. Health Policy,119(12):1550-1556.

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Title The 'rural pipeline' and retention of rural health professionals in Europe's northern peripheries
Author Carson, Dean B.
Schoo, Adrian
Berggren, Peter
Journal Name Health Policy
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 119
Issue Number 12
ISSN 0168-8510   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84952871339
Start Page 1550
End Page 1556
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Field of Research 1117 - Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The major advance in informing rural workforce policy internationally over the past 25 years has been the recognition of the importance of the ‘rural pipeline’. The rural pipeline suggests that people with ‘rural origin’ (who spent some childhood years in rural areas) and/or ‘rural exposure’ (who do part of their professional training in rural areas) are more likely to select rural work locations. What is not known is whether the rural pipeline also increases the length of time professionals spend in rural practice throughout their careers. This paper analyses data from a survey of rural health professionals in six countries in the northern periphery of Europe in 2013 to examine the relationship between rural origin and rural exposure and the intention to remain in the current rural job or to preference rural jobs in future. Results are compared between countries, between different types of rural areas (based on accessibility to urban centres), different occupations and workers at different stages of their careers. The research concludes that overall the pipeline does impact on retention, and that both rural origin and rural exposure make a contribution. However, the relationship is not strong in all contexts, and health workforce policy should recognise that retention may in some cases be improved by recruiting beyond the pipeline.
Keywords Rural workforce governance
Rural pipeline
Rural exposure
Rural origin
Recruitment and retention
Rural practice
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