Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Policy interventions that attract nurses to rural areas: a multicountry discrete choice experiment

D Blaauw, E Erasmus, N Pagaiya, V Tangcharoensathein, K Mullei, S Mudhune, C Goodman, M English & M Lagarde

Volume 88, Number 5, May 2010, 350-356

Table 6. Predicted impact of different policy interventions on nurses' uptake of rural postings in discrete choice experiment conducted in Kenya, South Africa and Thailand, 2006

Intervention Kenya South Africa Thailand
Change (percentage points) Total uptake (%) Change (percentage points) Total uptake (%) Change (percentage points) Total uptake (%)
Single interventions
Base uptake 43.4 36.0 84.2
10% rural allowance +15.2 58.6 +16.9 52.9 +3.3 87.5
20% rural allowance +27.8 71.2 +30.5 66.5 +4.8 89.0
30% rural allowance +36.4 79.8 +39.0 75.0 +5.8 90.0
Better rural housing +6.5 49.9 +8.1 44.1 +5.4 89.6
Benefit package −28.0 15.4 +15.8 51.8 +8.4 92.6
Preferential training opportunities +21.9 65.3 +35.5 71.5 +1.2 85.4
More rapid promotion +17.0 60.4 +8.6 44.6 +6.7 90.9
Relational management culture +5.0 48.4 +3.1 39.1 +7.5 91.7
Intervention packages
Housing + benefita + training + promotion + relational management +39.1 82.5 +50.3 86.3 +13.9 98.1
30% allowance + housing + benefita + training + promotion + relational management +51.7 95.1 +59.2 95.2 +14.5 98.7
10% allowance + training +34.0 77.4 +46.0 82.0 +3.3 87.5

a The benefit package was excluded in Kenya because it decreased rural uptake.

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