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Type: Journal article
Title: A profile of rural surgeons in Australia
Author: Bruening, M.
Maddern, G.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 1998; 169(6):324-326
Issue Date: 1998
ISSN: 0314-514X
Abstract: <h4>Objectives</h4>To develop a profile of rural surgeons for comparison with profiles of rural general practitioners in the light of shortages in the rural medical workforce.<h4>Design</h4>Rural surgeons were surveyed by a postal questionnaire in November 1997.<h4>Participants</h4>Members of the Provincial Surgeons of Australia residing in towns with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants.<h4>Results</h4>239 questionnaires were sent and 137 surgeons replied, a response rate of 59%. Our survey showed that rural surgeons are predominantly male, middle-aged and married. They work long hours, and nominate as their major concerns difficulty in finding locum cover, continual on-call work, peer isolation, children's schooling, and lack of privacy.<h4>Conclusion</h4>Rural surgeons and general practitioners share similar characteristics and concerns.
Keywords: Humans; Attitude of Health Personnel; Interprofessional Relations; Social Support; Adult; Aged; Middle Aged; Physicians; Rural Health Services; Workload; Professional Practice; Professional Practice Location; Australia; Female; Male; General Surgery; Surveys and Questionnaires; Workforce
RMID: 0030004589
DOI: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.1998.tb140286.x
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