ERIC Number: ED183934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Practice Location Decisions of NHSC and Non-NHSC Physicians.
Wilson, Sandra R.; And Others
To ascertain the characteristics and decision-making processes of physicians who choose to practice and remain in areas that have a shortage of physicians, a study analyzed the career decisions of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and non-NHSC physicians (and spouses) with respect to the location of their medical practices. Another objective was to identify community characteristics influencing practice location. Findings indicated these implications for medical school selection: increasing the number of (1) rural physicians by increased selection of students from rural areas of high medical manpower need who are interested in general or family practice, remaining in their home region, and locating in a small or rural community and (2) physicians serving inner city minorities by increasing the number of minority and female physicians. Medical education should provide clinical training opportunities in rural and urban shortage areas and more residency programs in relation to regional shortages since practice region is positively related to region of terminal formal training. NHSC has been effective in permanently locating physicians in regions and small communities to which they otherwise probably would not have gone and in aiding willing physicians who needed support in establishing practices in needy communities. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.