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Table 5 Factors associated with level of acceptability and feasibility: by region, occupation and gender for four selected policy options

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

Policy options Region Occupation (physicians vs non-physicians) Gender
Acceptability    
 Continuing education and professional development More acceptable in Americas and western pacific (76% and 80%) and less in Europe (49%), P = 0.04 No difference (P = 0.45) No difference (P = 0.18)
 Improving living condition, infrastructure and service in rural areas No difference (P = 0.34) No difference (P = 0.19) No difference (P = 0.40)
 Providing safe and supportive environment in rural and remote posts No difference (P = 0.08) No difference (P = 0.30) More acceptable for women and men (72% vs 56%), P = 0.006
 Support career development programmes No difference (P = 0.74) No difference (P = 0.25) No difference (P = 0.12)
Feasibility    
 Continuing education and professional development More feasible in Americas and Africa (58% and 57%) and less in Southeast Asia (30%), P = 0.029 No difference (P = 0.45) No difference (P = 0.11)
 Improving living condition, infrastructure and service in rural areas More feasible in Europe and Americas (55% and 45%) and less in Southeast Asia (31%), P = 0.031 More feasible for physicians than non-physicians (48% vs 30%), P = 0.005 No difference (P = 0.62)
 Providing safe and supportive environment in rural and remote posts More feasible in Europe and Americas (48% and 48%) and less in Southeast Asia (29%), P = 0.037 More feasible for physicians than non-physicians (45% vs 29%), P = 0.013 No difference (P = 1.00)
 Support career development programmes No difference (P = 0.09) More feasible for physicians than non-physicians (50% vs 36%), P = 0.031 No difference (P = 0.83)
  1. Note: Only policy options showing the highest averages for acceptability and feasibility are displayed in this table