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Research on the Health Workforce




Geographic Distribution of Physicians in Canada
J.R. Pitblado and R.W. Pong

The maldistribution of physicians in Canada is a major concern to rural residents and policy-makers. This study comprised two parts. The first was an extensive review of the literature with a view to understanding what "rural" means and exploring some of the conceptual and methodological complexities in examining the geographic distribution of physicians. The second was an empirical analysis of the distribution of physicians in Canada. Geographic information systems technique was used extensively to show where physicians are located.

(funded by Knowledge Development and Analysis Unit, Health Promotion and Programs Branch, Health Canada)

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