Priorities for research into human resources for health in low- and middle-income countries

WHO Bulletin

Michael Kent Ranson, Mickey Chopra, Salla Atkins, Mario Roberto Dal Poz, Sara Bennett

Publication details

Number of pages: 9
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English


This paper describes the process of identification of human resources for health (HRH) policy concerns and research priorities of key stakeholders in low and middle-income countries and developing a prioritized list of core research questions requiring immediate attention to facilitate policy development and implementation.

The questions ranked as most important at a consultative workshop were: (i) To what extent do incentives work in attracting and retaining qualified health workers in underserviced areas? (ii) What is the impact of dual practice and multiple employment? and (iii) How can incentives be used to optimize efficiency and the quality of health care?