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Spotlight on Evidence Synthesis Program

Rural Healthcare Workforce: A Systematic Review


by Gina Capra, MPA ; Susanne Hempel, PhD ; Robert Jesse, MD, PhD ; Paul Shekelle, MD, PhD
Seminar date: 7/6/2016

Description: Approximately 20 percent of the US total population lives in rural areas. Patients living in rural areas are often underserved with regard to healthcare access. The complexity of rural healthcare provision requires careful and systematic evaluation of individual contributing factors. The purpose of this review is to examine the current literature quantifying current and projected health provider need, to explore geographic provider choices, to synthesize evidence on interventions to increase rural provider recruitment and provider retention, and to document the efficacy of student training for current rural healthcare in the US. Intended audience: researchers, clinicians, and anyone interested in rural healthcare.



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