Resource Spotlight: Health Worker Attitudes Toward Rural Service in India: Results from Qualitative Research

Health workers in India
Health workers in India

The paucity of qualified health workers in rural areas is a critical challenge for India's health sector. Although state governments have instituted several mechanisms, salary and non-salary, to attract health workers to rural areas, individually these mechanisms typically focus on single issues (e.g. salary). This qualitative study explores the career preferences of under-training and in-service doctors and nurses and identifies factors important to them to take up rural service. It then develops a framework for clustering these complex attributes into potential incentive packages for better rural recruitment and retention. [from abstract]

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The HRH Global Resource Center has other resources on this topic including:

  • Emerging Opportunities for Recruiting and Retaining a Rural Health Workforce through Decentralized Health Financing Systems
  • How to Recruit and Retain Health Workers in Underserved Areas: the Senegalese Experience
  • Improving Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention in Rural and Remote Regions of Nigeria
  • For additional resources on this topic, visit the Rural/Urban Imbalance subject category.

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