A critical review of interventions to redress the inequitable distribution of healthcare professionals to rural and remote areas

Peer reviewed article

NW Wilson, ID Couper, E De Vries, S Reid, T Fish, BJ Marais

Publication details

Number of pages: 21
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English


This literature review was performed with the purpose to evaluate the impact of different strategies and interventions like selection criteria for medical school, education, coercion, incentives and support to reduce the shortages of health care workers in rural and remote areas for equitable health care delivery.

This paper recognizes the lack of evidence of impact of different interventions, and suggests an urgent need to evaluate the impact of interventions in a scientifically rigorous fashion in order to identify successful strategies for guiding future practice and policy.