Exploring factors motivating health workers to choose and maintain a career in rural health practice in South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor McIntyre, Di en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Chitha, Wezile en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-09T15:52:04Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-09T15:52:04Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Chitha, W. 2007. Exploring factors motivating health workers to choose and maintain a career in rural health practice in South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/9451
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 159-168). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The South African National Department of Health (NDoH) has committed itself to ensure that there is equity in the distribution of health workers especially to rural areas primarily through service requirements and incentives. Despite all initiatives put in place, the national health system struggles to recruit and retain health workers in rural health system struggles to recruit and retain health workers in rural health facilities. While the majority of health workers choose to practise in urban areas, some choose to pursue and persist in a career in rural health practice. This study determines, in the South African context, factors that motivate health workers to choose and maintain a career in rural health practice. It establishes what makes health workers choose to work in rural areas, what encourages them to stay in rural health practice and what tempts them to leave rural health practice. These factors interact at different levels, at the level of an individual health worker, of a rural health organisation or level of a rural community, to influence the decision of a health worker to choose, stay in or leave rural health pratice. The study combines both quantitative and qualitative methods in a cross-sectional survey to identify these factors from the perspective of rural health workers. It invites rural health workers to identify those factors that are applicable to them from the list of factors and rank them according to the degree of importance in their decision-making. A self-administered structured questionnaire and key informant interviews were used to collect data. The findings of this study show that rural background, desire to gain work experience, family obligations, prior interest in underserved area practice, desire or requirement to perform community service, desire to live in a rural area, family friendly enviornment and having friends living in a rural area are very important factors motivating health workers to choose a career in rural health practice. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Health Economics en_ZA
dc.title Exploring factors motivating health workers to choose and maintain a career in rural health practice in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Health Economics Unit en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MPH en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Chitha, W. (2007). <i>Exploring factors motivating health workers to choose and maintain a career in rural health practice in South Africa</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Health Economics Unit. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/9451 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Chitha, Wezile. <i>"Exploring factors motivating health workers to choose and maintain a career in rural health practice in South Africa."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Health Economics Unit, 2007. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/9451 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Chitha W. Exploring factors motivating health workers to choose and maintain a career in rural health practice in South Africa. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Health Economics Unit, 2007 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/9451 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Chitha, Wezile AB - The South African National Department of Health (NDoH) has committed itself to ensure that there is equity in the distribution of health workers especially to rural areas primarily through service requirements and incentives. Despite all initiatives put in place, the national health system struggles to recruit and retain health workers in rural health system struggles to recruit and retain health workers in rural health facilities. While the majority of health workers choose to practise in urban areas, some choose to pursue and persist in a career in rural health practice. This study determines, in the South African context, factors that motivate health workers to choose and maintain a career in rural health practice. It establishes what makes health workers choose to work in rural areas, what encourages them to stay in rural health practice and what tempts them to leave rural health practice. These factors interact at different levels, at the level of an individual health worker, of a rural health organisation or level of a rural community, to influence the decision of a health worker to choose, stay in or leave rural health pratice. The study combines both quantitative and qualitative methods in a cross-sectional survey to identify these factors from the perspective of rural health workers. It invites rural health workers to identify those factors that are applicable to them from the list of factors and rank them according to the degree of importance in their decision-making. A self-administered structured questionnaire and key informant interviews were used to collect data. The findings of this study show that rural background, desire to gain work experience, family obligations, prior interest in underserved area practice, desire or requirement to perform community service, desire to live in a rural area, family friendly enviornment and having friends living in a rural area are very important factors motivating health workers to choose a career in rural health practice. DA - 2007 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2007 T1 - Exploring factors motivating health workers to choose and maintain a career in rural health practice in South Africa TI - Exploring factors motivating health workers to choose and maintain a career in rural health practice in South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/9451 ER - en_ZA


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