Research findings of allied health practitioners' attitudes toward rural practice are limited. The purpose of this study was to identify attitudes of faculty members in a school of allied health toward rural vs. urban living, clinical education, and practice. A survey consisting of demographic and attitudinal questions was mailed to 233 faculty representing five professions. The response rate was 63.5%. The majority viewed rural living as having both positive and negative aspects. Placement of clinical students in rural areas was seen as enhancing rural recruitment. Rural professional issues were viewed as mixed with the most positive aspect being greater intellectual challenge. There were a few significant attitude differences by gender, age, years of experience, profession, hometown location, and practice location site. The findings of this study generally support previous research and contribute additional knowledge regarding attitudes toward rural practice. Further studies of allied health professionals appear warranted.
|Number of pages
|Journal of allied health
|Published - Jan 1 1996
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health