A Review and Synthesis of Policy and Strategy Documents on the Rural Health Workforce
R.W. Pong and N. Russell *
Shortages of health care providers are a reality in many parts of rural Canada. Many attempts have been made by federal and provincial governments, as well as by various health-care agencies and professional organizations. Many commission reports, task force studies, policy papers, and strategic planning documents have been issued on this persistent and vexing problem. The purpose of this study is to review these policy and strategy documents and to synthesize their findings and recommendations with a view to informing future policy development and health service planning exercises. This study is an integral component of a rural health human resources development project spearheaded by The Ontario Rural Council.
(funded by Human Resources Development Canada)
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(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)