Experiences of working as early career allied health and medical practitioners in rural and remote environments: a qualitative systematic review protocol

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    Abstract

    Objective: The objective of this review is to investigate the experiences of working as an early career allied health professional and doctor, and the factors that influence this experience in rural or remote environments.
    Introduction: Recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural and remote areas is challenging, with a range of strategies used to attract and retain them, which vary by profession and jurisdiction. Workforce recommendations are often based on the collective experience of all health professions. This review will explore the experiences of both groups and compare and synthesize the evidence in order to better understand the individual and collective factors to generate relevant recommendations. Inclusion criteria: This review will consider qualitative studies that include early career allied health professionals’ or doctors’ experiences of working in rural or remote areas and the personal and professional factors that impact on this experience.
    Methods: CINAHL (EBSCO), Embase, MEDLINE (Ovid), Web of Science, Informit, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, Google Scholar, and WorldWideScience.org will be searched to identify published and unpublished studies. Studies published since 2000 in English will be considered for the review. Identified studies will be screened for inclusion in the review by two independent reviewers. Studies for inclusion will be critically appraised by two independent
    reviewers. Data will be extracted using a standardized tool and reviewers will discuss any disagreements. Data synthesis will adhere to the meta-aggregative approach to categorize findings. The categories will be synthesized into a summary of synthesized findings that can be applied as evidence-based recommendations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1
    Number of pages7
    JournalJBI Evidence Synthesis
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2021

    Keywords

    • allied health
    • early career
    • medicine
    • rural and remote
    • experiences
    • qualitative

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