Recruitment and retention strategies for primary care doctors

Added May 2, 2020

Citation: Verma P, Ford JA, Stuart A, et al. A systematic review of strategies to recruit and retain primary care doctors. BMC Health Services Research 2016; 16: 126

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on health systems. Existing research into ways to recruit primary care doctors may provide information for policy makers to help with this.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for reports on the effectiveness of various strategies to improve recruitment of primary care doctors in high-income countries. They did not restrict by date or language of publication and did the searches in January 2015. They identified 51 studies and the overall quality of the evidence was assessed to be low.

What was found: Placement of undergraduates and postgraduates in underserved areas and selective recruitment of medical students from rural areas might be effective for improving the recruitment of primary care doctors in high-income countries.

The effects of financial incentives and many other strategies for improving the recruitment of primary care doctors in high-income countries are uncertain.


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