Improving primary care retention in medically underserved areas

Amanda W. Scarbrough, Marianne Moore, Steve R. Shelton, Regina J. Knox

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Abstract

To reduce health professional shortage areas, the National Health Service Corps has attempted to increase the number of primary care providers in underserved communities through scholarships and loan repayment. Program evaluations assessed Loan Repayment Program (LRP) propensity to work in underserved communities. The National Health Service Corps LRPs were asked about preferences for particular retention strategies and which strategies were utilized by their clinical sites. Loan Repayment Programs were asked to rank retention strategies. Loan Repayment Program top choices were competitive salary, 88%; professional development, 70%; knowledgeable/competent support staff, 59%, and professional support, 58%. Loan Repayment Programs were also asked to rank retention strategies provided by their clinical sites: professional development, 74.2%; competitive salary, 71.2%; policies that prohibit abusive behavior, 63.6%, and knowledgeable/competent support staff, 60.6%. Loan Repayment Programs indicated professional support was an important retention element. However, when asked if professional support opportunities were offered, LRP indicated that these were not in the strategies offered by sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-372
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Care Manager
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Medically Underserved Area
Salaries and Fringe Benefits
loan
Primary Health Care
Program Evaluation
salary
Health
health service
staff
health professionals
community
shortage

Keywords

  • best practices
  • physician retention
  • practice management
  • rural clinics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning

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Scarbrough, A. W., Moore, M., Shelton, S. R., & Knox, R. J. (2016). Improving primary care retention in medically underserved areas. Health Care Manager, 35(4), 368-372. https://doi.org/10.1097/HCM.0000000000000137

Improving primary care retention in medically underserved areas. / Scarbrough, Amanda W.; Moore, Marianne; Shelton, Steve R.; Knox, Regina J.

In: Health Care Manager, Vol. 35, No. 4, 01.10.2016, p. 368-372.

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Scarbrough, AW, Moore, M, Shelton, SR & Knox, RJ 2016, 'Improving primary care retention in medically underserved areas', Health Care Manager, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 368-372. https://doi.org/10.1097/HCM.0000000000000137
Scarbrough, Amanda W. ; Moore, Marianne ; Shelton, Steve R. ; Knox, Regina J. / Improving primary care retention in medically underserved areas. In: Health Care Manager. 2016 ; Vol. 35, No. 4. pp. 368-372.
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