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Retention of medical doctors in Ghana through local postgraduate training

Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin and Nelson, Ayesua Ama (2014). Retention of medical doctors in Ghana through local postgraduate training. Journal of Education and Practice. 5:5, 120-133
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Abstract

This study examines the role of postgraduate training in retention of medical professionals, using a primary data from Ghana. The sample consists of medical specialists who have either completed a postgraduate training program and currently in practice or has enrolled in the program and nearing completion. The study made use of descriptive analysis and a logit regression model. The findings identified three main factors that influence doctors to migrate, these are; economic in the form of a quest for higher pay and better working condition; the need to pursue postgraduate medical training to achieve maximum learning potential and to become a certified specialist; and to avoid living in a country with a poor social structure in which there is a high level of poverty. The logit estimation shows that satisfaction of postgraduate training program significantly affects physicians/doctors to consider leaving. The results also showed that physicians/doctors would be willing to live and practice in Ghana if additional resources (in the form of funding, equipment and others) are made available to enhance the postgraduate programs and practice conditions.

Authors/Creators:Amuakwa-Mensah, Franklin and Nelson, Ayesua Ama
Title:Retention of medical doctors in Ghana through local postgraduate training
Series/Journal:Journal of Education and Practice (2222-1735)
Year of publishing :2014
Depositing date:2015
Volume:5
Number:5
Page range:120-133
Number of Pages:14
Publisher:IISTE - International Knowledge Sharing Platform
ISSN:2222-1735
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Agrovoc terms:physicians, emigration, medical sciences, education, Ghana
Keywords:brain drain, doctors, emigration, postgraduate medical education, Ghana
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2312
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2312
ID Code:11597
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:19 Jan 2015 12:38
Metadata Last Modified:01 Apr 2015 08:40

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