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Rural Illinois hospital chief executive officers' perceptions of provider shortages and issues in rural recruitment and retention.
J Rural Health. 2006 Winter; 22(1):59-62.JR

Abstract

BACKGROUND

It is important to assess rural health professions workforce needs and identify variables in recruitment and retention of rural health professionals.

PURPOSE

This study examined the perspectives of rural hospital chief executive officers (CEOs) regarding workforce needs and their views of factors in the recruitment and retention process.

METHODS

A survey was mailed to CEOs of 28 Illinois rural hospitals, in towns ranging from 3,396 to 33,530 in population size. The survey addressed CEO perceptions of number of physicians needed by specialty, need for other health professionals, and variables important to recruitment and retention.

FINDINGS

Twenty-two CEOs (79%) responded to the survey. Eighty-six percent indicated a physician shortage in the community, with 64% reporting the need for family physicians. CEOs also indicated the need for physicians in obstetrics-gynecology, general and orthopedic surgery, general internal medicine, cardiology, and psychiatry. In terms of needs for other health professionals, most often mentioned were registered nurses (91%), pharmacists (64%), and nurses' aides (46%). Related to recruitment and retention, most often mentioned by the CEOs was community attractiveness in general, followed by practice and physician career opportunities.

CONCLUSIONS

CEOs offer 1 important perspective on health professions needs, recruitment, and retention in rural communities. While expressing a range of opinions, rural hospital CEOs clearly indicate the need for more primary care physicians, call for an increased capacity in nursing, and point to community development as a key factor in recruitment and retention.

Authors+Show Affiliations

National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL 61107, USA. michaelg@uic.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16441337

Citation

Glasser, Michael, et al. "Rural Illinois Hospital Chief Executive Officers' Perceptions of Provider Shortages and Issues in Rural Recruitment and Retention." The Journal of Rural Health : Official Journal of the American Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Care Association, vol. 22, no. 1, 2006, pp. 59-62.
Glasser M, Peters K, Macdowell M. Rural Illinois hospital chief executive officers' perceptions of provider shortages and issues in rural recruitment and retention. J Rural Health. 2006;22(1):59-62.
Glasser, M., Peters, K., & Macdowell, M. (2006). Rural Illinois hospital chief executive officers' perceptions of provider shortages and issues in rural recruitment and retention. The Journal of Rural Health : Official Journal of the American Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Care Association, 22(1), 59-62.
Glasser M, Peters K, Macdowell M. Rural Illinois Hospital Chief Executive Officers' Perceptions of Provider Shortages and Issues in Rural Recruitment and Retention. J Rural Health. 2006;22(1):59-62. PubMed PMID: 16441337.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Rural Illinois hospital chief executive officers' perceptions of provider shortages and issues in rural recruitment and retention. AU - Glasser,Michael, AU - Peters,Karen, AU - Macdowell,Martin, PY - 2006/1/31/pubmed PY - 2006/3/24/medline PY - 2006/1/31/entrez SP - 59 EP - 62 JF - The Journal of rural health : official journal of the American Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Care Association JO - J Rural Health VL - 22 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: It is important to assess rural health professions workforce needs and identify variables in recruitment and retention of rural health professionals. PURPOSE: This study examined the perspectives of rural hospital chief executive officers (CEOs) regarding workforce needs and their views of factors in the recruitment and retention process. METHODS: A survey was mailed to CEOs of 28 Illinois rural hospitals, in towns ranging from 3,396 to 33,530 in population size. The survey addressed CEO perceptions of number of physicians needed by specialty, need for other health professionals, and variables important to recruitment and retention. FINDINGS: Twenty-two CEOs (79%) responded to the survey. Eighty-six percent indicated a physician shortage in the community, with 64% reporting the need for family physicians. CEOs also indicated the need for physicians in obstetrics-gynecology, general and orthopedic surgery, general internal medicine, cardiology, and psychiatry. In terms of needs for other health professionals, most often mentioned were registered nurses (91%), pharmacists (64%), and nurses' aides (46%). Related to recruitment and retention, most often mentioned by the CEOs was community attractiveness in general, followed by practice and physician career opportunities. CONCLUSIONS: CEOs offer 1 important perspective on health professions needs, recruitment, and retention in rural communities. While expressing a range of opinions, rural hospital CEOs clearly indicate the need for more primary care physicians, call for an increased capacity in nursing, and point to community development as a key factor in recruitment and retention. SN - 0890-765X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16441337/Rural_Illinois_hospital_chief_executive_officers'_perceptions_of_provider_shortages_and_issues_in_rural_recruitment_and_retention_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-0361.2006.00007.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -