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Global Health
November 19, 2014

Recruiting Health Care Personnel to Rural Areas in Developing Countries

JAMA. 2014;312(19):1961. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15532

The health care worker shortage in many low- and middle-income countries could be overcome by recruiting medical and nursing students who have resided in rural areas in these countries, according to data reported by an international group of investigators (Silvestri D et al. Bull World Health Organ. 2014;92[9]:1-18).

The researchers surveyed 3199 first- and final-year nursing and medical students at 16 premier government-run medical and nursing schools in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi between September 2011 and April 2012 to identify factors that could predict a student’s intention to migrate.

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