Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Effective physician retention strategies in Norway’s northernmost county

Karin Straume & Daniel MP Shaw

Volume 88, Number 5, May 2010, 390-394

Table 1. Primary care physician vacancies in two comparable rural Norwegian counties from 1997 to 2004, as reported by the county medical officers

Year Finnmark Sogn-and-Fjordane
TP VPa TP VPa
No. No. % No. No. %
1997 81 13 16.0 100 12 12.0
1998 81 14 17.3 99 18.5 18.7
1999 83 13 15.6 99 13.5 13.6
2000 83 16 19.3 99 13 13.1
2001 86 16 18.8 102 19 18.6
2002 86 8 9.3 104 17 16.3
2003 86 6 6.9 104 10 9.6
2004 86 7 8.1 104 13 12.5

TP, total positions for primary health physicians in the county; VP, vacant positions for primary health physicians in the county.

a Vacancy figures are for the end of each year.

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