Factors influencing the migration of Iranian healthcare professionals: A qualitative study

Asadi, Heshmatollah and Ahmadi, Batoul and Nejat, Saharnaz and Sari, Ali Akbari and Garavand, Ali and Kia, Abdollah Almasian and Hasoumi, Mojtaba (2018) Factors influencing the migration of Iranian healthcare professionals: A qualitative study. PLOS ONE, 13 (6).

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Abstract

Background The migration of healthcare specialists from developing countries has increased in recent years. This has caused a rapid reduction in the access to and quality of healthcare services in such countries. The aim of this study is to evaluate the factors affecting the migration of specialist human resources in Iran's healthcare system. Methods This is a qualitative study, which was carried out through semi-structured interviews between 2015 and 2016. For sampling, purposive sampling method with maximum variation sampling was used. Further, data saturation was observed by conducting 21 interviews, and data analysis was performed using the MAXQDA10 content analysis software. Results Factors affecting the migration of specialists were classified into five key themes, including structural, occupational, personal, socio-political and economic factors. These themes consisted of 12 categories and 50 subcategories. The most important factors affecting the migration of our study population were structural issues, occupational problems, and personal concerns. Conclusion Identification of factors influencing migration is the first step to prevent the migration of specialist human resources. Implementing the recommendations proposed in this study would assist to prevent migration of medical professionals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: sobhan rezaiian
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2018 04:33
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2018 04:33
URI: http://eprints.lums.ac.ir/id/eprint/1331

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