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|Title:||A profile of rural surgeons in Australia|
|Citation:||Medical Journal of Australia, 1998; 169(6):324-326|
|Publisher:||AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD|
|Abstract:||OBJECTIVES: 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. DESIGN: Rural surgeons were surveyed by a postal questionnaire in November 1997. PARTICIPANTS: Members of the Provincial Surgeons of Australia residing in towns with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants. RESULTS: 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. CONCLUSION: Rural surgeons and general practitioners share similar characteristics and concerns.|
|Keywords:||Humans; Questionnaires; 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|
|Appears in Collections:||Surgery publications|
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