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

WHO Bulletin

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

Publication details

Number of pages: 8
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English


This study confirms that DCEs can be designed to assist policy-makers in choosing more effective human resource policy interventions to address the shortage of health professionals in rural and remote areas.

Financial and non-financial incentives such as better housing and accelerated promotions were moderately effective but preferential access to training and career development opportunities were very powerful non-financial strategies in motivating nurses to work in rural and remote areas. Packages were more effective than a single strategy.

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