Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The Chilean Rural Practitioner Programme: a multidimensional strategy to attract and retain doctors in rural areas

Sebastian Peña, Jorge Ramirez, Carlos Becerra, Jorge Carabantes & Oscar Arteaga

Volume 88, Number 5, May 2010, 371-378

Table 2. Recruitment and acceptance rates of physicians in the Rural Practitioner Programme, Chile, 2001–2009

Recruitment of physicians 2001–2004 average SD 2006 2007 2008 2009
Number of available positions 153.5 31.8 126 144 165 160
Number of applicants 381 94.2 514 593 558 485
Applicants/positions ratio 2.5 0.4 4.1 4.1 3.4 3.0
Filled positions (%) 99.3 1.4 100 100 100 100
Acceptance of position (%)a
First quartile 19 1.6 19 27 44 50
Second quartile 39.3 15.1 37 53 51 42
Third quartile 52.3 14.6 43 54 43 41
Fourth quartile 42 7.5 27 9 27 27

SD, standard deviation.

a Quartiles are calculated on the rank of the last applicant who took the offered position.

Source: Ministry of Health, 2001–2009.38

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