Factors affecting retention of allied health professionals working with people with disability in rural New South Wales, Australia: discrete choice experiment questionnaire development

Gallego, Gisselle, Dew, Angela, Bulkeley, Kim, Veitch, Craig, Lincoln, Michelle, Bundy, Anita and Brentnall, Jennie 2015, Factors affecting retention of allied health professionals working with people with disability in rural New South Wales, Australia: discrete choice experiment questionnaire development, Human resources for health, vol. 13, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1186/s12960-015-0013-7.

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Title Factors affecting retention of allied health professionals working with people with disability in rural New South Wales, Australia: discrete choice experiment questionnaire development
Author(s) Gallego, Gisselle
Dew, AngelaORCID iD for Dew, Angela orcid.org/0000-0002-8800-5660
Bulkeley, Kim
Veitch, Craig
Lincoln, Michelle
Bundy, Anita
Brentnall, Jennie
Journal name Human resources for health
Volume number 13
Article ID 22
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-04-21
ISSN 1478-4491
Keyword(s) Discrete choice experiment
Allied health professionals
Preferences
Retention
Rural
Disability
Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Health Policy & Services
Industrial Relations & Labor
Health Care Sciences & Services
Business & Economics
Summary OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the development of a discrete choice experiment (DCE) questionnaire to identify the factors (attributes) that allied health professionals (AHPs) working with people with disability identify as important to encouraging them to remain practising in rural areas. METHODS: Focus groups and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 97 purposively selected service providers working with people with disability in rural New South Wales, Australia. Focus groups and interviews were digitally recorded, transcribed, and analysed using a modified grounded theory approach involving thematic analysis and constant comparison. RESULTS: Six attributes that may influence AHPs working with people with disability in rural areas to continue to do so were inductively identified: travel arrangements, work flexibility, professional support, professional development, remuneration, and autonomy of practice. The qualitative research information was combined with a policy review to define these retention factors and ensure that they are amenable to policy changes. CONCLUSION: The use of various qualitative research methods allowed the development of a policy-relevant DCE questionnaire that was grounded in the experience of the target population (AHPs).
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12960-015-0013-7
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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