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Studies/Études : Needs of specialists in rural and remote Canada

Source: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine.
"Very little literature exists on rural specialists as a unique group and how best to meet their needs. We sought to provide some baseline information on specialists practising in rural and remote Canada to better understand their reasons for working rurally, their workload and how supported they felt, as well as their sources of advice and satisfaction with continuing medical education (CME)."

"Results: The survey was sent to 1500 physicians and yielded a 19% response rate. Although 85% of respondents felt supported overall, less than 20% felt supported by the CMA or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). Conversely, most felt supported by immediate colleagues (85%) and their community (78%). Most wished they had access to more training, with close to 90% agreeing that additional training should be available if they had worked for several years in a rural or remote area and a need was demonstrated."

Clare Toguri, MSc; Michael Jong, MBBS, MRCP(UK), CHE, FCFP, FRRMS; Judith Roger, MD, FRCSC (2012). Needs of specialists in rural and remote Canada. Can J Rural Med 17(2):56-62

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