White Paper Offers Physician's Perspective on Rural Medicine


4/2/2008 12:00:00 AM


White Paper Offers Physician's Perspective on Rural Medicine Almost 2,000 Physicians Responded to LocumTenens.com Survey

Alpharetta, Ga., April 2, 2008 A white paper now available from recruiting firm LocumTenens.com through HealthLeaders Media (http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/) offers the physician's perspective on practicing rural medicine in the context of secondary rural health care data from the federal government and other sources.

Entitled "Practicing Medicine in Rural America," the white paper highlights a late-2007 physician survey of the same name to which 1,965 U.S. physicians responded. Both the survey results and the LocumTenens.com white paper validate how the lifestyle concerns prevalent among today's physicians exacerbate the U.S. physician shortage for communities of 50,000 people or fewer across the country.

"The majority of respondents with rural health experience (almost 800 respondents) said they prefer practicing rural medicine, but prefer urban/suburban living," LocumTenens.com Senior Vice President Pamela McKemie said. She highlighted physician survey statistics including these:

Almost half (48%) prefer practicing rural medicine vs. 36% who prefer urban/suburban practice.

More than half (54%) prefer urban/suburban living vs. almost a third (30%) who prefer rural living.

In addition to arguments against several popular myths about practicing rural medicine, the LocumTenens.com white paper offers a compendium of considerable data on rural life and rural health care. It presents the "pros" and "cons" as viewed by both physicians and rural health experts.

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