Interventions for increasing the proportion of health professionals practicing in rural and other underserved areas.

Peer reviewed article

Grobler L, Marais BJ, Mabunda SA, Marindi PN, Reuter H, Volmink J.

Publication details

Number of pages: 27
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English


The main finding of this review is that there are currently no well designed studies in which bias and confounding are minimized to support any of the numerous interventions that have been implemented to address the shortage of health care professionals practicing in underserved areas.

Based on the assumptions or findings of mostly observational studies, policy makers and educators have introduced various strategies aimed at reducing the mal-distribution of health care professionals, but the short and/or long term impact of these interventions remains poorly quantified.