Community participation in the recruitment and retention of rural doctors: methodological and logistical considerations.

  • Veitch C
  • Harte J
  • Hays R
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Abstract

Two Queensland rural communities with histories of poor general practitioner (GP) recruitment and retention participated in a process aimed at developing broadly based community action plans to recruit and retain GPs. Despite their very different physical and social characteristics, the two communities developed many similar objectives and strategies, which had the possibility of being implemented more widely. The community participation process can be both time- and cost-effective if consideration is given to a variety of methodological and logistical issues. The process is a means by which communities, Divisions of General Practice, government, academic institutions and others can work together to recruit and retain medical practitioners.

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