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Table 4 Stakeholders’ perception of the acceptability and feasibility of the guidelines policy options; answers provided on a 9-point Likert scale

From: Increasing access to health workers in rural and remote areas: what do stakeholders’ value and find feasible and acceptable?

  Acceptability   Feasibility  
Mean % with a ‘9’ rating Mean % with a ‘9’ rating
Education     
 Targeted admissions of students from a rural background into health profession schools 7 37% 6.7 30%
 Location of health profession schools outside major cities 6.4 30% 5.9 20%
 Provide clinical rotations/community experiences in rural areas during pre-service education 7.8 51% 7.5 44%
 Revise the curricula of pre-service education to include rural health issues, skills for team-building and supervision, and primary care orientation 7.9 50% 7.5 43%
 Continuing education and professional development programmes that meets the needs of rural health workers 8 54% 7.7 43%
Regulatory     
 Enhance the scope of practice of specific cadres of health workers in rural areas 7.6 38% 7.1 30%
 Produce different types of health workers with appropriate training and regulation for rural practice 7.1 32% 6.7 27%
 Impose a compulsory service in rural areas in exchange of licensing or other employment benefits 6.1 23% 6.1 24%
 Scholarships or other type of financial incentives for education in exchange of return of service in rural or remote areas 7.7 50% 7.4 39%
Financial incentives     
 Provide appropriate financial incentives (monetary or non-monetary) 7.9 52% 7.4 42%
Professional and personal support     
 Improve living conditions for health workers and their families and invest in infrastructure and services in rural areas 8.2 64% 7.3 40%
 Provide a safe and supportive working environment for rural and remote posts 8.3 66% 7.4 38%
 Implement appropriate outreach support activities 8 53% 7.4 37%
 Support career development programmes 8.1 56% 7.7 44%
 Support the development of professional networks 7.8 48% 7.4 41%
 Adopt public recognition measures 7.5 44% 7.3 39%